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Online Resources for Teaching About the Presidential Campaign

By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist

This piece is reprinted from The Marshall Memo, Kim Marshall’s weekly summary of current research and best practices in the field of education. Drawing on his experience as a teacher, principal, central office administrator, consultant, and writer, Kim Marshall lightens the load of busy educators by serving as their “designated reader.” ________________________________________________________________________ The article: “Educators Grapple with Election 2016” by Madeline Will in Education Week, September 14, 2016 (Vol. 36, #4, p. 1, 12-13), In this article in Education Week, Madeline Will shares five free classroom resources for teaching and discussing this year’s election: - Letters to the Next President 2.0 – Students’ letters to the 45th president will be published by PBS member station KQED and the National Writing Project. - Teaching Tolerance Election 2016 Resources – These include a civility contract, civic activities, and PD webinars. - iCivics – Materials on the basics of democracy, with an interactive digital game in which students manage their own presidential campaign. - C-Span Classroom – Primary sources with historical and contemporary video clips and related discussion questions, handouts, and activity ideas. - Join the Debates – Curriculum materials for collaborative discussions on issues in the campaign and debates.

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