Making Sense of the Election Process: Resources for Teachers

You know it’s almost November 4th by the volume of political advertisements on TV that school-aged kids like to make fun of (for some very good reasons). The upcoming elections, however, also pose a real opportunity for teaching about voting and encouraging young people to be more active in the political process.

For teachers interested in planning lessons around the election cycle, a wide range of curriculum materials are available covering topics like voting rights history, voter education and civic engagement for young people. Take a look at the many resources below, available from Gottesman Library, to find lesson plans centered on election topics and themes around the upcoming elections.

Online Lesson Planning Resources

Center for Civic Education

Scholastic Education Site


Curriculum Materials from the Library

Electing the president / Tom Belina, Susan D. Echaore, Mary Friedland ; consultant, Sherman Lewis
JF285 .B44 1983

Electing the nation’s president : a curriculum resource guide / developed by the New York City Public Schools and Scholastic editors ; with the support of New York ’92 and the New York Times
CURR JF285 .E42

Elections : a secondary curriculum in the Participation series
CURR: Closed Stacks JK1961 .E53

Voting in America / written by Steve Otfinofski ; illustrated by Cynthia McGrellis
CURR PE1117 .M346 1999 Gr. 5 unit 6 Vot

The Susan B. Anthony women’s voting rights trial : a headline court case / Judy Monroe
CURR KF4895.Z9 M63 2002

Black voting rights [kit] : the fight for equality
CURR JK1924 .B581 1992

Fair voting : weighted votes for unequal constituencies
CURR QA11.A1 H5 Module 19

Juvenile Fiction from the Library

Duck for President. Spanish
JUV PZ73 .C755 2004

Class president / Johanna Hurwitz ; illustrations by Sheila Hamanaka
JUV PZ7.H9574 Cm 1990

Background Reading Materials

Voters & voting [electronic resource] : an introduction / Jocelyn A.J. Evans.
(Available from Ebrary)

Engaging young people in civic life / edited by James Youniss and Peter Levine ; foreword by Lee Hamilton
Stacks HQ799.2.P6 E54 2009

Competitive elections and the American voter [electronic resource] / Keena Lipsitz.
(Available from Ebrary)

Voter education : a resource manual for teachers and students / prepared by Dorothy J. Donovan
CURR: Closed Stacks JF1001 .V67