Ross School Election Curriculum – Upper School

Ross School General Election Links, Upper School–2016

Grades 7–12

Guiding Questions

  • What are the powers of the Presidency as set forth in the Constitution? What other powers has the Presidency assumed outside of those in the Constitution?

  • What is the process for electing a President in the United States (e.g. primaries, electoral college, eligibility)?

  • What is the relationship between the US President and the US Supreme Court?

  • How is (or isn’t) the US Presidential Election globally relevant?

  • What is the importance of campaign finance?

  • What are “down-ballot” candidates?

  • What is the viability of third party candidates? What happens if there is a “tie?” (Bush v. Gore)

  • What are the major differences between the Republican and Democratic political parties? What are the implications of those differences?

  • What are the major influences on voter behavior? What is the role of the media in influencing voter behavior?

  • What current issues are most likely to sway voters to vote one way or another?

  • Who are the candidates still in the race for the Presidency in 2016? What are their positions on the current issues voters care about the most? How does each candidate get his/her message across to the public?


PBS Election Central:

Education World: Resources for teaching the election:

Education Week

Creating the United States: Election of 1800 (Library of Congress)

History of US Suffrage: Crusade for the Vote

Pew Research Center

Science Debate

Gallup Polls
Gallup Polls


From the economy to race see where the candidates stand on the big issues, NPR

PBS Learning Media: Election

Atlantic Cheat Sheet: Who’s Running:

Politifact’s Truth-o-meter:


Battle on the Ballot: Political Outsiders in U.S Presidential Elections (Digital Public Library of America)

On the issues:

Data in Election Coverage

Nature: The Polling Crisis, how to tell what people really think

Teaching Tolerance The New Deciders
“The New Deciders” examines the influence of voters from four demographic groups—black millennials, Arab Americans, Latino Evangelicals and Asian Americans. Viewers will meet political hopefuls, community leaders, activists and church members from Orange County, California, Cleveland, Ohio, Greensboro, North Carolina and Orlando, Florida, all of whom have the opportunity to move the political needle, locally and nationally.

Type: Lesson

Topic: Immigration | Race and Ethnicity | Religion | Rights

Anti-bias domain: Action | Diversity | Justice

Grade Level: Grades 6 to 8 | Grades 9 to 12

Teaching Tolerance Magazine Link
Teaching Tolerance: The Voting Rights Act 1965 and Beyond

The Fight to Vote: A History of Voting Rights in America

The Electoral College (National Archives)

The Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History: Government and Civics

Smithsonian Museum: The machinery of democracy

The Poetry of Politics


Opposing Viewpoints in Context
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Good for Math:
Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight uses statistical analysis — hard numbers — to tell compelling stories about elections, politics, sports, science, economics and …

View from abroad. What the rest of the world thinks about the United States. This is by no means an exhaustive list of how other countries view; many are not concerned with the U.S. presidential election at all.

Money and Politics: Open Secrets

Media and Influence:  Presidential TV campaign ads from 1952 through the current 2016 election.

Conservative Viewpoints, Republican National CommitteeFox NewsTownhall.comRush Limbaugh WebsiteGlenn Beck Archive  Breitbart News

Liberal Viewpoints, Democratic National CommitteeMother JonesThe American ProspectThe Nation MagazineMSNBC

Other News Sources
Al Jazeera
Real Clear Politics

Voting Around the World:

Penn State Post-Election Lib Guide: