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Teaching Resources for the Presidential Election

Date: August 2012

Summary: These resources have been selected to help you and your students learn about the 2012 presidential election and the issues at stake.


Resources on the Election

The following websites will help teachers and students to become better informed about the 2012 presidential election, the candidates, and the voting processes.

The Learning Network Election 2012: Teaching Ideas and Resources

The Learning Network provides teaching and learning materials and ideas based on New York Times content. Here are some suggestions for teaching and learning about the 2012 election season, followed by selected New York Times features and Learning Network lesson plans.

Google Politics and Elections

Check out the Google Politics & Elections page, the source for news and notes from their Politics & Elections team. Their goal is to bring people closer to politics by making relevant information and resources easier to find and interact with, focusing on impartial data and digital trends surrounding the political process.

Pearson 2012 Election Teacher Resource Center

Pearson developed the election center to bring together some of the best 2012 election classroom resources and ideas. Their goal: to save teachers time and support them as they teach future leaders about the importance of the American democratic system.

ProCon 2012 Presidential Election

ProCon, an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit researched the US presidential candidates and their views on 61 issues including abortion, bailouts, education, medical marijuana, and taxes. Read their simple, pros-and-cons presentations and decide for yourself: "Which candidate should be US president in 2012?"

The League of Women Voters

A nonpartisan political organization that provides information about campaign issues, voter registration support, and a citizen's guide to the electoral process. Its mission is to encourage informed and active participation in government and to increase understanding of major public policy issues.

OneVote 2012

Provides a teen-oriented guide to the election that includes profiles of the candidates, reports on campaign issues, and interactive features that allow students to express their opinions. OneVote 2012 is produced by , an award-winning youth news site.

Rock the Vote

Aims to motivate young voters and teens through its content and visual style. Rock the Vote uses music and popular culture to engage young people to register to vote and also provides tools to learn about issues that affect their lives.

Scholastic Teach Election 2012

Scholastic's mission is to encourage the intellectual and personal growth of all children, beginning with literacy, the cornerstone of all learning. Teach the 2012 election with Scholastic magazines and skills books.

Elections in Action Lessons and Resources

The Center for Action Civics is a project of Mikva Challenge, a non-partisan organization that challenges high school students throughout Chicago to be active participants in the political process through elections, activism, and policy-making programs.

Kids Voting USA

Kids Voting USA (KVUSA) gets students involved and ready to be educated, engaged citizens. Students learn about democracy through a combination of classroom activities, family dialogue, and an authentic voting experience. Access 2012 specific resources here .

TeacherVision 2012 Presidential Election Resources

TeacherVision® is one of the Internet's most popular sites for teachers, featuring tools and resources that save educators time and make learning fun for students in grades K–12. Help students understand the presidential election process by focusing on the 2012 race and looking at resources about voting, elections, and the current candidates.

Resources for Teens About Issues in the News

These websites provide pertinent information about current issues, news, and culture, written with a teen audience in mind. These nonpartisan sites also provide aggregations of news and editorials from various content partners.

FactCheckED aims to equip students with reliable sources and the skills they need to obtain trustworthy information on the Internet. Students will find links to credible informational sites under "Straight from the Source," "Lesson Plans," and "Tools of the Trade" to help guide their analysis of current events. The site provides a "Dictionary" to help decode political jargon.

NewsHour Extra

A comprehensive news source that provides national and international stories for young people. The site features videos as well as traditional text and graphics, and includes a section titled Student Voices—essays and editorials written by students.


The "Today's Newsletters" feature at OpinionSource allows students to explore diverse—and international—perspectives on the latest political news. The site provides summaries and links to some of the day's top editorials from renowned news sources in the US, the UK, China, the Middle East, and India.


MTV reports on local issues that are important to youth and the election. Students can navigate the site's peer-produced video clips, commentaries, and forums by topic.

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