Project Vote Smart provides information on local, state, and national candidates to help voters learn about candidates’ voting records and positions on issues. www.votesmart.org
Ideologies — The World’s Smallest Political Quiz
Carrie Kelso, Mikva teacher from Morgan Park High School, shares the following lesson:
Have students take the world’s smallest political quiz for homework. Divide class into small groups of three and assign roles – moderator, discussion recorder, and artist. Project the diagram you receive once you finish the quiz on the overhead for artists to use as a model to create their image. Each group should first discuss the questions – making sure to do both economic and social, then flip over sheet and discuss philosophies.
I Side With…
Looking for the party’s platform campaign info, and position papers on issues for the major parties?
Go to: www.gop.com, www.democrats.org, www.lp.org, www.reformparty.org, and www.constitutionparty.org
Political Forum Viewing Guide
Click below to download a viewing guide and accompanying reflection questions to assign your students when they attend or watch a political forum or debate.
Straight From the Horse’s Mouth
Looking for direct quotes and “in-their-own-words” statements from candidates on a huge variety of issues? You can organize your information by issue, candidate, or party. There are also some fun political quizzes that will help students figure out where they fall on the political spectrum, and which candidates they agree and disagree with. www.ontheissues.org