Tip of the Week: More Election Resources Than You’ll Ever Need But Will Probably Look at Anyway
For a former poly sci major, a presidential election year is like one long Super Bowl party. Polls. Data. Ads. Commentary. Analysis. Policy discussions. Lots and lots of analysis. Throw in the Senate and House races – not to mention the state and local stuff going on here in Kansas – and it doesn’t get any better.
And the cool thing is that there are tons of online resources available to help me, you, and your students understand and participate in the process.
Your first step should be to browse through the article titled Have Politics Become So Ugly That Educators Are Afraid To Teach Civics? It might be easier to pretend the election is already over and try to ignore all the ugliness that can happen when we see so much polarization in the process. But we can not ignore our task as social studies educators – preparing students to be thoughtful, engaged, and informed citizens.
The king of polling. Nate Silver is batting about .975 over the last three elections.
- Real Clear Politics
- New York Times
- 270 to Win
- HuffPost Pollster
- Princeton Election Consortium
News Election Coverage
Campaign Ads / Cartoons
- 2016 Campaign Ad Archive
- The Living Room Candidate
Campaign commercials from 1952-2012
- NYT Ad Analysis
- Media in Politics
An older site with some handy analysis tools including this Ad Analysis Worksheet
- US News Collection of political cartoons
- Daryl Cagle’s cartoon collection
Issues / Fact Checking
- Face the Facts
- All Sides
- Confirmation Bias is a thing. Find out more here and here
- Blue Feed Red Feed
Wall Street Journal site that highlights Facebook posts on different topics – perfect for confirmation bias demo
- On the Issues
- League of Women Voters
Lesson Plans & Strategies
- Election Central From PBS LearningMedia
Lots of goodies here. Don’t miss the Election Process tab or the PBS NewsHour Extra with great Election 2016 resources for students.
- C-SPAN Road to the White House
Video clips of candidates and Campaign 2016, a great teaching resource with lessons and videos covering the electoral college, campaign ads, and campaign finance.
- Gilder Lehrman Electoral College
A series of lesson plans at different grade levels. Their “Every Four Years: Introducing Presidential Elections” is especially handy.
This is the place, especially for elementary and middle school students. They’ve got games and awesome Election 2016 resources.
- New York Times Learning Network
Encourages in-depth research into a variety of election issues including ads, political cartoons, voting.
Helpful strategies for integrating the election and leading the learning.
Citizens, Not Spectators is a program designed to promote voting among young Americans. They’ve developed a curriculum for students in grades 4-12 designed to “demystify the voting process.”
They’ve got great articles, text sets and a mock student election.
- ReadWriteThink: Today Is Election Day
Start with their Elections: Everything You Need and then head to Election 2016 Resources.
- The National Archives and Records Administration has some great Electoral College Resources. They also have a nice collection og past election campaign materials.
- Newseum has a very nice resources Election 2016: Stumped?!
- The National Constitution Center has a cool Interactive Constitution where constitutional experts interact with each other to explore the Constitution’s history and what it means today. Nice resource for understanding the Electoral College and the roles of different government branches.
- The Google Arts and Cultural folks have a very nice American Democracy section with a ton of primary source documents focused on elections and voting through US History.
- Lance Mosier is updating this Presidential Election YouTube playlist. Focuses on the election process and Electoral College.
- EDSITEment should always been on of your go-to sites.
- The Teaching Tolerance election site targets bias and encourages civility.
- The Makers of Fantasy Geopolitics have an FanElection game. Both are awesome.