Category Archives: American election lesson plans

PBS: Electoral Central – American Election explored

PBS has created an incredibly comprehensive set of interactive resources for Gr. 7-12 history teachers to help you teach about the American Presidential Election.

The resources include:

PBS – Crash Courses for Secondary Students

PBS offers Crash Courses created by John and Hank Green. They have created these fast-paced digital courses in a range of subject areas and posted on YouTube. The courses are aimed at Grade  9-13+ students. Register as a user to share resources and to create folders. Teachers can use this resource to flip their classrooms.
Subject areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • US History
  • World History 1
  • World History 2
  • Literature– Titles include: Works by Shakespeare, The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, The Odyssey, Frankenstein, To Kill a Mockingbird, and more…

PBS – U.S. Election Central

“Turn news coverage into learning opportunities with new content including the history of presidential elections, the local impact of national issues, how the Electoral college works, fast facts, and more.”

Teachers and Students can Sign-up to access more of the resources available on this site. (Not all resources require sign-in for access.)

PBS has created a rich resourced-based go to site for teachers about the U.S. election process: Election Central. You have access to lesson plans with video links and extensive online resources.

  • Election 2016 News
  • Election 2016 Lesson Plans
  • The Election Process
  • Debating in the Classroom
  • Elections Through History
  • Inaugural Address
  • 60-Second Presidents Videos
  • Presidents Day Puzzles and Storyboards
  • Election Collection
    • Inside the voting booth
    • You’re the Campaign Manager – What are the characteristics of a good president?
    • Personality or Politics Activity
    • Working for the party
    • U.S. Presidential Elections: 1992-2012 | Historical Photo Collection
    • Campaign Strategy
    • Getting the Nomination
    • Public Speaking and Persuasion – Improve Your School
    • The History of the Iowa Caucuses
    • Meet the Presidential Candidates in Election 2016- Lesson Plan
    • What is Social Media’s Role in Election 2016? – Lesson Play
    • Hosting a Presidential Debate- Lesson Plan
    • How Has Technology Changed the Way Candidates Run for President? – Lesson Plan
    • What are the Primaries and the Caucuses? – Lesson Plan
    • Woodrow Wilson – Win the Election of 1912
    • The Elections of 1896 and 1900: Interactive Map | A Biography of America
    • Lesson Plan | Making Civics Real: Electoral Politics
    • Presidential Power | Crash Course Government and Politics
    • Presidential Power 2 | Crash Course Government and Politics
    • Elections: The Maintenance of Democracy in America

More Resources:

  • Inside The Debates
  • Interactive Map – follow the candidates
  • The Election Process – fast paced short videos
    • How Presidents Get Elected
    • Election Process Basics
    • Political Campaign Basics
    • Roles of Political Parties in the Election Process
    • Election Foundations
    • The General Election

Virtual Field Trips

  • An Inside Look at Wahington DC
  • Exploring Mount Vernon
  • Our Nation’s Capital
  • Congressional Record – Students will need to download The Congressional Record App at the iTunes store to participate in this activity.
  • Presidential Powers and the Constitution