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Teaching Resources for the US Elections

Use these resources on voting, media literacy, polarization, and bias to talk about US elections with your high school and middle school students.


  • Civics & Citizenship
  • History
  • Social Studies




English — US



About This Collection

Facing History’s US election resources were designed and curated to help students explore the role of elections, voting, and civic participation in creating and sustaining a just and healthy democracy.

  • 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.
  • Explore the many ways that young people, both current and future voters, make their voices heard and choose to participate.

This collection includes:

  • Flexible mini-lessons to explore election news and related history.
  • Printable explainers to introduce key terms and concepts.
  • Classroom routines and guides geared towards community building and fostering inclusive, constructive discourse among your students in both remote and in-person settings.

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Resources from Other Organizations

We recommend these materials for further exploration of democracy and civic engagement in the United States.
Matrix and Checklist
Teaching for Democracy Alliance
Educator Resources
Educating for American Democracy
The Learning Network
The New York Times
Resource Library
News Literacy Project

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