11 Tips for Bringing the Election Into Your Classroom
Your class is going to vote in one of the most influential elections in generations. Prepare for the polls with these tips.
- Use the Students Vote 2016 Teacher Guide and the election issue Text Sets to turn your students into informed voters.
- Attend a Teaching Election 2016: Their Voice, Their Choice webinar for strategies to help you cover the election and other tough topics in your classroom.
- Make sure your students are registered to vote by adding them to a class in Newsela before election polls open on October 17.
- Assign the candidate profiles to help your class learn about the paths Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took to their candidacies
- Show your school that your class will vote. Print the “We’re voting, are you?” sign below and hang it on your classroom door.
- Set up your classroom as a polling place to replicate the voting experience for students - be creative! Set up one computer where students can take turns logging in to Newsela to cast their vote. Questions about how voting works? Check out our Election FAQs.
- Print and pass out “I Voted” stickers to students after they vote.
- Follow Newsela on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for poll results and election updates.
- Share photos of your election experience on social media by tagging @Newsela and using the hashtag #OurVoiceOurChoice. Use the printable sign below to take the perfect picture. We’ll award our 3 favorites with a $250 Amazon gift card. See full contest details here.
- Look at the results for your class and discuss them after the election. Teachers can see a “View results here” link on the polling page.
- Discuss the final outcome with your class once we release the Newsela nationwide results on November 2. Compare those results with the outcome of the general election on November 8.