Following the U.S. Presidential Election

This Following the U.S. Presidential Election lesson plan also includes:

Election years provide the opportunity to evaluate news media as well as the next prospective president. High schoolers read about the same event in several different news sources, varying in type, origin, and political leaning, before applying the same level of analysis to coverage of the current election.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use during an election season to track the coverage in real time, or after the election as a reflection of possible media bias
  • Allow groups to choose one of the activities in the third part of the resource as an assessment project
Classroom Considerations
  • Though the lesson is designed with the 2012 presidential election in mind, it is adaptable to any election year
  • Adapt the provided timeline according to your needs and schedule
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Provides several links to possible news sources, as well as a packet of all necessary handouts
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page for a list of background materials for American foreign policy and global relationships
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