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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Teaching about the election?

Teaching about the election? There's more to it than voting! Here are a few ways to link the election and civic learning with other subjects:

  • Reading comprehension of informational text
  • Reading and following instructions
  • Analyzing information about candidates and election
  • Making informed decisions based on information
  • Communicating a position effectively
  • Evaluating communication skills of candidates
  • Media literacy
  • Using technology to gather and assess information
  • Counting votes
  • Grouping like items and seeing patterns
  • Measuring paper for the voting chains and ballots
  • Calculating percentages of votes or turnout
  • Graphing
  • Venn diagrams using local government services or qualities of leaders and politicians
Social studies
  • Local government
  • Democratic process
  • Elections and civic participation
  • Examining roles of leaders and citizens
  • Comparing and contrasting local issues with historic, statewide, national or global issues
  • Comparing and contrasting local government roles and services with historic, statewide, national or global roles and services
Many applications to 21st century learning
  • Civic literacy
  • Information literacy
  • Media literacy
  • Government and civics
  • Critical thinking
  • Decision making
  • Analyzing information
  • Communication
  • Problem solving

Visit our Classroom Resource Library for age-appropriate lessons and activities aligned to the Standard Course of Study

Get ready for Election 2011