State, Local, and Midterm Election Resources
Use these curated, non-partisan teaching resources to help students to learn about the local and federal midterm election processes, understand the power of their vote, and become active participants in our constitutional democracy.
Your students may be too young to register to vote, but it’s never too early to learn about what it takes to get to the ballot. In this activity, students will learn about how registration and voting work in their state, and create their own flyer.
Election Lesson Plans
Dive into our election curriculum with these print-and-go lesson plans that include simulations, vocabulary development, graphic organizers, and active participation opportunities.
Voting: Will You Do It?Voting isn't a requirement, but it is our responsibility and our right. And it's the most direct way that every citizen can influence government. Will you do it? Got a 1:1… VIEW LESSON PLAN >>
Mini-lesson: Midterm Elections (HS)Students learn about midterm elections, their role as a referendum on the presidency, and how a shift in party control impacts the legislative and executive branches. Page… VIEW LESSON PLAN >>
Got Ballot?Covering everything from referendums to recalls, this lesson takes students to the voting booth and explains what is on a ballot. Students will discover how voters have the… VIEW LESSON PLAN >>
The Fourth Branch: You!Young people may not feel like they are part of the government, but they are! In this lesson, students learn how citizens influence government and measure the impact of their… VIEW LESSON PLAN >>
Provide visually-appealing, graphically-concise, substantive overviews of key concepts using iCivics’ infographics.
Help students connect civics concepts to the real world with these WebQuests that will guide them through pre-selected online resources to learn more.
Voting by Mail
Show your students what a mail-in ballot process is like and discover the advantages and disadvantages of mail-in elections.VIEW WEBQUEST >>
Reapportionment & Redistricting
Do your students know how many representatives their state has in the U.S. House of Representatives? Do they know how that number is determined or if it's ever changed?VIEW WEBQUEST >>
Who Represents Me?
Do your students know who represents them in the federal, state and local government and how to get in touch with them?VIEW WEBQUEST >>
Other Election Resources
Use these materials from our partners to further engage students with the midterm elections.
Midterm Elections Content Schedule
Teach midterms and media literacy together with this Content Schedule from Newsela, which contains 45-minute lessons each week that use resources from Newsela and iCivics.VIEW RESOURCE >>
Discover the four essential, nonpartisan actions that every American citizen can take during the 2022 midterms in this participant guide from Citizen Connect.VIEW RESOURCE >>
California Election HQ
Find scalable, 10- and 45-minute lesson plans in English and Spanish focused on timely California midterm election issues in this state-specific election HQ created with CalMattersVIEW RESOURCE >>
State and Local Governments Curriculum Unit
Teach students about the importance of midterm elections by exploring what state and local governments do. This unit explores the powers held by the federal government and those reserved for the state government. Students will look closely at the state government structure and functions, lawmaking process, and discover local governments including county, municipal and tribal.
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