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Bringing Politics Into the Classroom

With an election looming and colorful political ads and soundbites swirling around, students may be confused, concerned, intrigued, or any combination of those feelings. Our job is essentially to prepare students to one day be adults, and politics are an important aspect of adulthood. We want to help them become citizens who pay attention to politics and who will be informed voters. Check out these ideas for bringing the political world to your students!
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Bringing Politics Into the Classroom
  • Melissa Williams says:
    This video outlines the Primaries Election process and would be best for Grade 7 and up. The site also lists candidates and a helpful list of dates for debates and different stages of the election process. This is a helpful resource to get your info from and as it is designed for students, it focuses on the basics and is nicely unbiased.
  • Melissa Williams says:
    The title doesn't lie- from lessons, vocabulary lists and activities to labs, books and resources...this is the jackpot for bringing politics to your students. Have your Social Studies classes come alive while exploring all things political.
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    Melissa Williams says:
    Teaching students about the voting process and having them participate in a class election will leave your students with lasting memories and hands-on experience. We want to encourage students to become a part of a generation who votes and this is a perfect way to work towards that.
  • cnn.com
    cnn.com

    Educating kids about the elections

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    Melissa Williams says:
    Find out how to present political ideas to your students at any grade level. There are aspects of the election and politics in general that are relevant to children of all ages. As the author points out, children are very aware of the election so it's a good idea to give them some context and help them to understand. Bonus: this article includes a list of books at the end for further resources.
  • care.com
    care.com

    Five Tips for Teaching Kids about Politics

    6 minute read
    Melissa Williams says:
    This article presents some excellent ways to teach your students about politics while also ensuring that the information is unbiased and at a level they can understand.
  • npr.org
    npr.org

    Politics In The Classroom: How Much Is Too Much?

    10 minute read
    Melissa Williams says:
    This Q&A will help you navigate how to bring politics and current issues into your class properly. Are there issues that should simply not be discussed? How do we deal with a classroom that consists of students with a wide range of backgrounds when discussing political subjects? Find your answers here!
  • Melissa Williams says:
    We obviously need to keep our own political views/biases out of our classrooms but this political season is a fantastic opportunity to teach students about the processes involved. Let students learn about the candidates, get them looking critically at ads, and help them to understand the voting process. Read this guide to find out how to do it!
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BloomBoard Asks:What are some age-appropriate ways you have introduced the political process to your students?