We developed this curated set of election-related lesson plans and resources to help educators and caregivers learn and teach about the history of our democracy, voting rights, election fundamentals, political representation, voter registration, poll workers, and debates.
Teaching the Truth About Voter Suppression: It’s a common misconception that the only thing stopping people from voting is laziness. But voter suppression is real, and your students need to understand how it happens.
As of August 2020, a total of 40 states offer online registration, and one other state (Oklahoma) has passed legislation and is currently phasing in implementation of their online registration. Learn if your state offers online registration here.
Your students may be too young to register to vote, but it’s never too early to learn about what it takes to get to the ballot! This activity is a great way to kick off the election season, and promote voter registration in the larger community. Students will learn about how registration and voting works in their state, and create a flyer to share with someone in their life. National Voter Registration Day is on September 22 this year, and has a mission of registering voters across the country.
Scholastic Election 2020: The place for students to learn about the issues, meet the candidates, and participate in the student vote!
Verified Voting: A nonpartisan voting advocacy, accountability, and research group, Verified Voting provides resources that allow you to find what voting equipment is used in each state, how the equipment works, and laws and regulations in place across the country to promote transparent and verifiable elections.
Help your students predict the next president with the Electoral Decoder, an interactive cartogram. Students will look at how the Electoral College has affected presidential elections throughout history by using the 'Electoral Decoder' from the PBS Election Central website. They will also make predictions as to how the electors will vote in the next presidential election.
Free & Equal Elections Open Presidential Debate 2020: The foundation hosted its first Open Presidential Debate of 2020 addressing many criticisms of recent presidential debates, including frustrating formats, irrelevant questions, and heavy-handed candidate exclusions.
The Case for the Presidential Debate:Nothing about the 2020 presidential campaign is typical and the debates are no different. Diane talks with Janet Brown, executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates, about how they are planning in the middle of a pandemic.