The curated resources linked below are an initial sample of the resources coming from a collaborative and rigorous review process with the EAD Content Curation Task Force.
This lesson focuses on analyzing the style and substance of campaigns in both free media, such as the news and televised debates, and paid media, such as TV commercials.
The Checkology virtual classroom is a free browser-based e-learning platform with 14 interactive news literacy lessons led by subject matter experts. Checkology also includes dozens of challenges and exercises to extend student learning, a verification training center to teach students how to fact-check like the pros and a journalist directory to connect classroom teachers with journalist volunteers for classroom visits.
The News Literacy Project
Elections provide concrete examples for teachers to help students make authentic connections between what is traditionally taught in secondary civics or government classes and the very real-world consequences we face with each election cycle. In this learning resource, historian Joanne Freeman makes the case for historical analysis as a means to engage students in exploring the political processes which shape our nation’s democratic society.
New American History
Students explore the power of personal narrative to shape and influence the people around them. They gain a better understanding of the ways these stories produce empathy and create connections between people. Students identify scenarios where they might use their own personal stories to influence others in a positive way.
This teaching module guides teachers as students analyze primary sources to better understand Theodore Roosevelt the person and the issues that most concerned Americans during the 1912 campaign. Students then create materials to promote Roosevelt’s third party campaign.
The Shapell Manuscript Foundation
Watching a debate can help students learn more about the candidates. It also provides an opportunity to explore substance versus style.
Debates are one of the most anticipated events in the lead up to a presidential election. Each candidate carefully plans their strategies to persuade the American public that they are the one to vote for in November. Examine historical examples of presidential debates and customize your own viewing scorecard.