C3 Elections Lesson: Why Vote?
This sample lesson clearly illustrates Taking Informed Action of the C3 standards. A full description of the lesson will be featured in NCSS’s upcoming book on the C3 standards. Click back for more details.
Electoral College Maps
Looking for interactive electoral college maps? Go to www.270towin.com
Mock Caucus Lesson
Looking for a one class period simulation to give your students a general idea of how caucuses work? Click below to download the lesson plan for a Mock Ice Cream Caucus.
Project Vote is a national nonpartisan nonprofit that promotes voting in historically underrepresented communities and tracks changing voting requirements in different states. www.projectvote.org
Looking for a quick lesson to introduce students to the basics of how redistricting works and why it is important? Click below to download our one period lesson plan (with options for enrichment and extension) on the topic.
The PBS NewsHour has also put together a video and lesson plan on the topic of redistricting and how it can affect the outcome of state elections and federal policy.
The Redistricting Game
In the wake of the 2010 Census, the USC Annenberg Center created a five-mission interactive game to teach students about the importance of coming redistricting decisions, the process for how they will be made, and the players that will influence them.
Ten Ways to Teach About Election Day
During the 2012 Elections, the New York Times offered a quick list of ideas for how to bring the elections into your classroom. Click here to find their list and links to previous lesson plans they’ve put together on the subject.
Rock the Vote’s Democracy Class
Rock the Vote’s Democracy Class Rock the Vote’s Democracy Class is a one-period, civics education lesson plan that teaches high school students about the importance of voting, the history behind it, and registers them to vote. The program uses popular culture, video, a mock election, and classroom discussion to excite students about participating in our democracy and enable them to recognize the power that comes with voting. Click here to learn how to download all materials for free.
The League of Women Voters offers info on registration, candidates, and voting. Local league offices can also help facilitate candidate forums and mock elections. www.lwv.org
Voter Values Checklist
How do you choose which candidate you want to support? Is it a question of which candidate shares MORE of your values, or whether a candidate agrees with you on one most important issue? Click below to download our Voting Values Checklist activity, designed to help students clarify for themselves what matters most to them when choosing whom to support.