Election and Voting Resources: We have 'em!

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The next 30 days will be busy ones for civics and social studies teachers. With their needs in mind, SAS Curriculum Pathways offers an array of resources to help students understand the process, the issues, and the outcome of a presidential election year. Here's an overview.

Understanding the Process

Analyzing Arguments: Clear Thinking
The rhetoric of the political season can be difficult for students to understand and evaluate. This series of four video tutorials helps students reason carefully, recognize faulty logic, and construct written and spoken arguments.


Referendum, Recall, and Initiative

In this interactive resource, students explore the origins and the practice of direct democracy at the state level to answer this question: Is direct democracy good for state government? They'll take a position and defend it with evidence from primary-source documents.

Refereundum, Recall, and Initiative examines the state-level direct democracy model.

Refereundum, Recall, and Initiative examines the model of state-level direct democracy.


Voting Rock: Getting Out the Vote
In this lesson, students gather information on voter registration and the voting process. Then they create a public-service commercial encouraging citizens to register and vote.

Margin of Error: Polls and Public Opinion
Students analyze a current issue and critique the validity of a public-opinion poll.

Understanding the Issues

Income Taxes and Fairness
After exploring the history of income taxes in the U.S. and the distinction between progressive, regressive, and flat taxes, students consider this question: Are progressive income taxes fair? Students then take a position and defend it with evidence from primary-source documents.

Income Taxes and Fairness explroes the history, purpose, and structure of taxation in the United States.

Income Taxes and Fairness explores the history, purpose, and structure of taxation in the United States.

The Minimum Wage
After considering the history of minimum-wage legislation, students answer this question: Do the benefits of raising the minimum wage outweigh the drawbacks? Students then take a position and defend it with evidence from primary-source documents.

The Minimum Wage allows students to examine the possible advantages and disadvantages of the issue.

The Minimum Wage resource asks students to examine the advantages and disadvantages of the various viewpoints.

The War Powers Act
After examining the constitutional basis of the nation's power to make war and the history of U.S. military engagements, students answer this question: Does the president need the approval of Congress to go to war? Students then take a position and defend it with evidence from primary-source documents.

The War Powers act examines the roles and responsibilities of the president and congress in using military force.

The War Powers act examines the roles and responsibilities of the president and congress in using military force.

Additional lessons and primary sources explore issues such as voting rights, local government, the Constitution, and the Congress.

Understanding the Outcome

The Electoral College
Students explore the constitutional foundation of the Electoral College and disputed presidential elections in United States history to answer this question: Is the Electoral College a fair method of selecting a president? They'll take a position and defend it with evidence from primary source documents.

The Electoral College uses the disputed 2000 presidential election to examine the electoral process.

The Electoral College uses the disputed 2000 presidential election to examine the electoral process.

These are just a few of the civics resources available from SAS Curriculum Pathways. Explore the full list today!

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Ralph Moore

Ralph Moore coordinates and conducts professional development for Curriculum Pathways. He works with schools and organizations around the country and has presented at conferences for organizations such as the National Council for the Social Studies and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. A former army officer and social studies teacher, he spent 10 years on the Curriculum Pathways humanities team creating new digital curriculum products.

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