Election Day Conversations in the Classroom

Now that Election Day is less than a week away, conversations will be taking place in classrooms across the country about how electoral politics work, how decisions are made, the issues Americans are currently voting on, and how students can use their voices to shape the future. Here are some resources for making the most out of this teachable moment:  

  • Great Free Resources for Teaching Election 2016 (The New York Times Learning Network). More than a dozen instructional strategies and useful resources that can help students learn about our nation’s most pressing issues, how our democracy works, and how they can use their voices.


  • Election 2016 Resources (Teaching Tolerance). Resources to inform students about civic engagement, how they can participate in the political process, how to counter bias against Muslims, immigrants, and other groups, and tips to fact-check candidates and their key campaign issues.



  • Election 2016: Teaching Resources (Anti-Defamation League). Lesson plans and pedagogical content to teach students about the electoral process, the historical context of previous elections, and how to unpack campaign politics to find the truth.


  • Scholastic News Election 2016 (Scholastic). Games, multimedia presentations, vocabulary words, and other resources to explain the election, the candidates, and the road to the White House to younger students. 
Imali Ariyarathne, seventh-grade teacher at Langston Hughes Academy, stands in front of her students while introducing them to the captivating world of science

Imali Ariyarathne, seventh-grade teacher at Langston Hughes Academy, introduces her students to the captivating world of science.

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