Election Resources

Our curriculum experts have assembled a great collection of resources to help you teach the upcoming election cycle and get your students excited about our democracy! We have organized our content into clusters to help you find exactly what you are looking for.


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Elections: The Basics

Get started with our handy Election Glossary

The Electoral Process lets students take a peek into how it all works, from party primaries to the general election. Students will learn the distinctions between the popular vote and the Electoral College and analyze the differences between the presidential and congressional elections. Students will also contrast the various nomination processes and learn about the role of party conventions in American politics.

One Big Party introduces students to the role political parties in the United States. Students will learn about the function of political parties and the influence parties have in our political system.

 

The Ins and Outs of Voting

Explore the evolution of Voting Rights in the U.S. through an interactive PowerPoint presentation highlighting landmark changes. Following the presentation and class discussion, students apply the new knowledge of voting legislation to individual scenarios through a class activity.

Got Ballot? covers everything from referendums to recalls, paper ballots to high tech voting booths. Students tour the voting booth and engage with what they might see on a typical ballot. They’ll discover how voters have the opportunity to initiate change in state and local government. Students can make their own ballot using local election data with our reusable template.


DIY Elections

The iCivics Mock Election is a three-day guided activity where students follow the steps taken from party formation to national election. Students will act out the campaigning and voting process by simulating a real election in their own classroom.

Candidate Evaluation helps students evaluate fictional candidates as well as establish and apply their own criteria for electing public officials. Students assess candidates based on their qualifications, experience, campaign speeches and campaign materials. They also track campaign promises, explore voting records and evaluate the legitimacy of information resources.

 

NEW! Activity templates let you personalize the election.


The Party’s Over...

Time to Get to Work!

You know how a president gets elected, but what do they do? All in a Day’s Work takes students through the responsibilities of the president and how those duties connect to the executive branch’s constitutional powers.

Congress in a FLASH covers the basics of Congress. Students analyze language from the Constitution, compare the House and the Senate, and simulate the lawmaking process by reconciling two versions of the same fictional bill.

Judicial Branch in a FLASH introduces students to our judicial system; including the functions of the trial court, the Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court. Students learn how a case moves up through these levels and how these courts exist in state and federal levels.

In The State Governor, students discover the roles and responsibilities of a governor. Through a reading and board game, the class will identify the source of a governor's power, as well as how that power is best used in a variety of situations. 


Check out our Politics and Public Policy Unit for additional resources


Partnership Info and Other Resources

iCivics is part of the Teaching for Democracy Alliance works to support teachers as they strenghten student learning about elections and voting. Learn more about the alliance and the non partisan resources available to teachers here.

 


This fun classroom activity teaches students about why voting matters, and how to register to vote in their state.  



Take a look at elections and the judicial branch with our newest mini-lesson, Judges: Playing Fair. This lesson was made in conjunction with the great resources at the Informed Voters Project.  


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