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Election Day Ideas and Resources for Your Civics Discussion Thread

Jayne Miller wrote this on Nov 3, 2015


Happy Election Day!

As U.S. citizens head to the polls to cast their votes in key state and local elections, we find ourselves with a fantastic backdrop for talking to students about civics and voting. It’s a rich opportunity to start a discussion thread and watch the results roll in together.

If you’d like some starter content, we’ve gathered a few pieces that illuminate what’s happening today at the polls. We also pinpointed a few outlets that will be streaming live election results.

About Voting and Elections

  • Want to know what’s on every ballot today? Check here.

  • The Pew Charitable Trust’s Voting Information Project is a goldmine of info about how to vote, where to vote, and key candidate and ballot info. It’s a good site for walking students through the voting process.

  • This is a directory of who is elected and who is running for office in federal, state, and local elections across the U.S. Good resource for student projects and reports.

  • Here’s a solid election question. How does the electoral college work? This Huffington Post FAQ from 2012 does a pretty good job covering the basics; might make for a nice conversation starter on your discussion thread.

  • Another good discussion starter is this TED-ED video about the right to vote in the U.S.

  • Polling places, registration deadlines, and information for young voters can be found on Rock the Vote. Great resource for high school students turning 18.

  • For something more comprehensive, Education World has a treasure trove of election-related lesson plans. This includes projects and printables for classrooms.

  • Here’s a debate topic for your classroom via an article from The Atlantic. Voting: Right or Privilege?

Hard News, Live Results

Get the background on 8 key races with this Washington Post piece.

A Few People Who Will Be Tweetin’ About #ElectionDay

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Topics: Student Engagement, Class Discussions, Teachers