Teaching Resources for the 2020 US Election

Facing History's US election-season resources are designed to help students think critically about the role of elections, voting, and civic participation in creating and sustaining a just and healthy democracy.


Learn more about our approach to civic education.

These resources will help you and your students:

  • examine the historical struggle for voting rights and the importance of ensuring that today's elections are free and fair,
  • consider the factors that shape our political decision making and the role of media literacy, and
  • explore the many ways that young people, both current and future voters, make their voices heard and choose to participate.

We will be updating this collection with additional materials throughout the 2020 election season.

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Our election resources include:

Teaching Ideas to explore election news and related history and Explainers to introduce key terms and concepts. These resources and activities can be used for all or part of a class period.

Classroom routines and guides geared towards community-building and fostering inclusive, constructive discourse among your students in both remote and in-person settings.

Online professional development, including webinars and workshops focused on teaching during an election year and how to build connections between history, curriculum, and students' everyday lives.

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    Whose Vote Counts
    Community Event

    Thursday, October 29

    8:00-9:00 PM ET
    7:00-8:00 PM CT
    6:00-7:00 PM MT
    5:00-6:00 PM PT
    2:00-3:00 PM HT

    Produced in partnership with FRONTLINE PBS.
    This event will be streamed on YouTube Live. Please contact our Special Events team with any questions. 

    Facing History Now: Conversations on Equity & Justice - Whose Vote Counts

    Join Facing History and FRONTLINE PBS for a panel discussion about the FRONTLINE PBS film Whose Vote Counts, which explores access to voting — an issue critical to the 2020 election.

    YouTube Live
    October 29, 2020
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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    After the Election: What's Next for US Democracy?

    Thursday, November 12, 2020

    7:00-8:00 PM ET
    6:00-7:00 PM CT
    5:00-6:00 PM MT
    4:00-5:00 PM PT

    Captioning will be available during this webinar. If this time doesn’t work for your schedule, be sure to register and we’ll notify you once the recording is available on our On-Demand Learning Center.

    After the Election: What's Next for US Democracy?

    With Nicholas Kristof, Martha Minow, and Randall Kennedy

    Join Facing History and Ourselves and the New York Times Learning Network for a lively community conversation where we will examine what's next for US democracy, the role of teachers and education, and the future of youth civic participation.

    November 12, 2020
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Election 2020: Teaching in Unpredictable Times

Explore approaches to teaching the election that focus on the history of voting, health of democracy, the factors that shape our civic decision-making, and the power of youth agency and voice.

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