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Flint was the first city
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Civics Teaching Resources


The '08 Historic Election
 
President Barak Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America. Below, you can explore educational websites to learn more about the historic election and the American electoral process.
 
2009 Presidential Inauguration
http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/
curriculum/Socialstd/features/2009-inauguration.html


Provided by the Montgomery Public Schools, this website suggests inauguration lesson plan ideas for both elementary and secondary classes.


Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies

http://inaugural.senate.gov/

This is the official government website dedicated to the inauguration. It features an impressive link to the history of all presidential inaugurations, dating back to George Washington.


The Online Newshour: "Obama Inauguration Plans Celebrate America's Diversity"
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/features/us/july-dec08/inauguration_12-23.html

This websites, provided by the Online Newshour, features articles on the history of inaugurations and the moment-by-moment agenda for Mr. Obama's inauguration.

 

Scholastic: "Your Government, Your Vote"
http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3750809

This website, provided by Scholastic, features a civics lesson plan for grades 3-4.


Education World: "Dear President Obama"
http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/01-1/lp2291.shtml

This website features various K-8 inauguration lesson plans and useful links to other lesson plans.


Inauguration Day 2009
http://inauguration.dc.gov/about.asp

Provided by the District of Columbia, this website features biographies of Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden, as well as inauguration fun facts and links to other official inauguration websites.

 

 

 

 


 
2008 Election Resources

This link and all links below are provided by the Genesee Intermediate School District Coordinator for Social Studies Instruction, Roy Sovis. The entire list of resources was compiled by Mr. Sovis in October 2008.

An Internet search was conducted to gather useful election resources for teachers and students. Although the list is not extensive, it seems the most popular sites with the best resources have been captured.
~ Roy Sovis

 

National Student/Parent Mock Election
http://www.nationalmockelection.org/

The National Student/Parent Mock Election seeks to turn the sense of powerlessness that keeps young Americans and their parents from going to the polls into a sense of the power of participation in our democracy. One of the most important ways to increase students' sense of significance – and power – is to use the Mock Election to take them out of the classroom and into the real world.


Youth Leadership Initiative

http://www.youthleadership.net/index.jsp

The Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) conducts the largest secure, student-only, online mock election in the nation, using electronic ballots tailored to each student's home legislative district. The 2008 Mock Election featured races for President and House of Representatives as well as 11 gubernatorial and 33 U.S. Senate races.


Google Election Tools for Teachers
http://www.google.com/educators/elections_tools.html

This year, Google is working with the National Student/Parent Mock Election to get students of all ages excited about the November elections. Students engage in activities to learn about the candidates and issues, then cast mock ballots that are counted along with those of millions of other students across the nation.


Google Election Video Search
http://www.google.com/educators/videosearch.html

Google Elections Video Search allows you and your students to directly query YouTube political videos for their spoken content. Using speech-to-text technology, videos from political channels are automatically transcribed and indexed. Simply enter a search term to find relevant videos and jump immediately to where your term was mentioned.


Pearson Election Kit 2008
http://www.phschool.com/sales_
support/marketing_websites/election_kit/index.html

A large set of free K-12 resources related to elections. Pearson is also partnering with the National Student Parent Mock Election.


National Archives Electoral College Page
http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/index.html

Another great set of free resources, but focused more on the Electoral College and seemed to be more appropriate for middle and high school teachers and students.


270 to Win
http://www.270towin.com/ 

An interactive Electoral College map that can be downloaded and used without Internet access.


Letters to the Next President: Writing Our Future
http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/doc/
nwpsites/letters2president.csp

Google and the National Writing Project have teamed up to create Letters to the Next President: Writing Our Future.


Polling Report

http://www.pollingreport.com/ 

An independent, nonpartisan resource on trends in American public opinion. PollingReport.com is updated when new polls are released. Click a subject area from the site directory above, use the CONTENTS page or site SEARCH engine, or access featured topics via the links on the right. Data are from national surveys of the American public.


Constitutional Rights Foundation Election 2008
http://www.crf-usa.org/election_central/election_links.htm

Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization dedicated to educating America's young people about the importance of civic participation in a democratic society.


 

 

Map the Candidates
http://www.mapthecandidates.com/

Map the Candidates is a nonpartisan site that tracks the presidential candidates across the country. Utilizing public schedules provided by the campaigns, MTC publishes an ongoing digest of where the candidates were, are, and will be.


iCue
http://www.icue.com/portal/site/iCue/welcomepage

iCue is a free, online, collaborative learning environment for students and lifelong learners ages 13 and up. It includes discussion forums, fun games and activities, and hundreds of current and historic videos from NBC News. Whether you are joining to improve your grades, connect with friends, or just learn new things, iCue gives you a safe, fun environment for discussion and learning.


C-Span Road to the White House

http://www.cspanclassroom.org/Campaign2008_Resources.aspx

C-SPAN Classroom has resources that will help you teach the election process.


Teacher Vision
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/elections/teacher-resources/6615.html

Teacher Vision lessons, printables, and activities on the U.S. electoral process provide great teaching ideas for fall, whether it's a presidential election year or not. Explore election requirements for the federal government with your students. You'll also find great ways for students to get involved in local politics, like holding classroom debates or writing letters to representatives. Units on civil rights and women's history will benefit from resources on the American suffrage movement.


Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/scholasticnews/
indepth/election2008.htm

Scholastic is self-proclaimed to have everything you need to know about how America elects its Presidents. Complete with lesson plans.


Project Vote Smart
http://www.vote-smart.org/index.htm

Here at Project Vote Smart, Americans young and old volunteer their time, take no money from special interest groups, and have committed themselves to an extraordinary effort that, if successful, will provide their fellow citizens with the tools for a reemergence of political power not known for half a century. Their idea is one you may have thought of yourself. It is a deceptively simple concept but enormously difficult to achieve and would not be possible without the collaboration of citizens willing to lay their partisan differences aside for this one crucial task.


CQ Money Line

http://moneyline.cq.com/pml/home.do

Congressional Quarterly, Inc. has been the nation's leader in political journalism since 1945. Over that time, the company has built a peerless reputation for objective, non-partisan and authoritative reporting on Congress and politics. Today, CQ stands on the leading edge of information companies publishing in both online and print platforms.


Election Statistics from the House of Representatives Office of the Clerk
http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/index.html

Since 1920, the Clerk of the House has collected and published the official vote counts for federal elections from the official sources among the various states and territories. These documents, out of print for many years, have been collected and scanned in a format to make them once again available to researchers and students.
Statistics from recent elections are available as both HTML and scanned image (Adobe Acrobat .PDF) formats. Users should be aware that printing a document in its entirety is often a lengthy process depending on your equipment.


Politics 1

http://www.politics1.com/p2008.htm

Founded in 1997, Politics1 is published as a non-partisan public service to promote fully informed decision-making by the American electorate. Our traffic statistics show that Politics1 continues to be one of the most popular political sites on the net. According to the WebTrends traffic report (as of the period ending July 22, 2006), Politics1 is currently recording over 480,000 unique user sessions, 927,000 page views, and 13.5 million hits per month.


PBS Kids Vote

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/vote2008/lessonplans.html

This website features information, lesson plans, and ideas for engaging youth in elections.


TIME for Kids
http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/kids/specials/articles/
0,28285,1723014,00.html

TIME Magazine has created this special student-friendly page on elections.