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Election 2020

  • Every four years, citizens across the United States take part in electing the President and Vice President, as well as many state and local leadership positions. The election occurs the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.  November 3, 2020 will be the next Presidential election. The November ballot will contain presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

    Resources in this guide take students through the electoral process, providing insight into the history and issues that impact this important decision.  Students are encouraged to learn about the candidates and issues in order to gain deeper understanding of the process. 

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General Resources

  • cartoon character Ben Franklin  Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government is created by the Government Publishing Office to provide engaging and interactive resources for students and educators. Resources are grouped into 3 age brackets. Several topics are available, including the election process, branches of government, and historical documents. 

    Scholastic Elections  includes lesson plans, book lists, discussion guides and media resources for 3 age brackets. Resources specific to the history of elections and voting for the President are also available. 

    USA.gov provides videos, infographics, and factual information on the election process, U.S. Constitutional requirements, the electoral college, and more. Side menu includes a vast array of resources on voting and elections, including a glossary of terms, general voting information and history of voting and elections.

    Election Central from PBS Learning Media includes an interactive Election Decoder to explore electoral college results, a Youth Media Challenge with curriculum for secondary students, videos on election basics and political campaigns, as well as information about voting rights and the two party system.  Teachers may be interested in resource on media literacy, and current issue and debate toolkits

    Election Headquarters from iCivics includes a countdown clock until the election, a resource guide created by and for students, interactive iCivics games, lesson plans, infographics, webquests, and a special teachers' corner of ideas.