A.B.C. is designed to help students discover how candidates get elected and
how participating in the voting process creates better citizens. Raising A.B.C.--Kids Get Out the Vote was written by Peggy Wyns-Madison, a former Teachers Network web mentor.
the Campaign Lobby! The election race is heating up. The presidential
and vice presidential candidates for the major parties have had their
debates. News polls release information on how each candidate is influencing
voters. Many people in the U.S. are eligible to vote but do not exercise
their right. How can you help?
When the U.S. government tried to convince citizens to volunteer for
the armed services, it used a famous character named UNCLE SAM. What
character can you use to get citizens to register to vote?
Review the history of VOTING RIGHTS.
Some members of society were not allowed to vote. Create a timeline
of the key persons you feel helped make voting available to all citizens.
election movie at BrainPop. Then cast your vote for your favorite candidate.
Make a poster of your candidate's major campaign promises.
timeline of your candidate's accomplishments during his political
changes in America under your candidate's presidency.
theme song or write an original song for your candidate.
Have you ever heard the expression "A picture is worth a thousand
words"? Artists and cartoonists have used pictures to express ideas,
events, and opinions for hundreds of years. In this section of the
Campaign Lobby, you have an opportunity to use your artistic talents
to create political cartoons. Visit these two sites to view political
cartoons: Political Cartoons.
Listen to an audio editorial cartoon at The Washington Post. For lesson plans on using political cartoons,
try this teacher's guide.
use a good deal of political lingo--soft money, right wing, spin.
Use the Electionary and pick a word. Then design an election button to
illustrate the term.
from 1952-2000 at the American Museum of the Moving Image. How does the media affect
elections? For a lesson on media and elections, try C-Span in the Classroom.