These resources will help you get informed about the candidates and issues prior to election day. If you're looking for some tips to help you navigate this contentious election and get students to engage about the issues respectfully, start with this article from Teaching Tolerance.


Lesson Plans and Teacher Resources
Political Cartoons and the Election
A collection of the best portals to political cartoons.
PBS Newshour Extra Election 2016
Visit this site for the latest in election news as November 8 nears. Current events content is updated continuously, so that lesson plans and videos are fresh and dynamic as the election season unfolds. Includes political party quiz and lesson plans with suggestions for differentiation.
270 to Win
It will take 270 electoral votes to win the 2016 presidential election. Click states on this interactive map to create your own 2016 election forecast. Create a specific match-up by clicking the party and/or names near the electoral vote counter.
The Living Room Candidate
Presidential campaign commercials 1952-2016 with teacher resources and lesson plans
Win the White House
Running for the presidency isn’t easy! In Win the White House, you get to manage your very own presidential campaign by strategically raising funds, polling voters, launching media campaigns, and making personal appearances. Keep a close eye on the map as you battle over electoral votes and popular support.
C-SPAN Classroom
Provides explanations of the various aspects of the election process for candidates vying to become the next President of the United States. Separated into 10 main areas, each topic is supplemented with related video clips, discussion questions, handouts, and culminating activities to reinforce students' learning.
We the Voters
PBS has partnered with We The Voters on a nonpartisan digital project featuring short films to activate voters across the country in 2016. The films and accompanying lesson plans provide a fresh perspective on democracy, elections, governance, and debating, appropriate for grades 8-12.
Does your vote count? The Electoral College explained TED-Ed video (5:21) and lesson plan with questions and extension activities
You vote, but then what? Discover how your individual vote contributes to the popular vote and your state's electoral vote in different ways--and see how votes are counted on both state and national levels.
Electoral College 101 Part of the New York Times Op-Doc series Electoral Dysfunction. In this seven minute video, Mo Rocca explores the fairness of the electoral college with a class of third graders.
PBS Electoral Decoder
The PBS Electoral Decoder uses video resources and more to provide a historical overview of past presidential elections, including key events that may have affected election outcomes. As you explore the timeline, you'll see the rise and fall of political parties, westward expansion, the industrial age, and the many changes of the twentieth century.
Students Vote 2016 Teacher Guide
Newsela provides a learning experience that will help students fulfill their duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy, not tomorrow, but today.
Education World: Election Resources
The lessons in this Education World resource are aimed at helping teachers capitalize on this once-every-four-years "teachable moment." Included: Lessons for teaching about the Electoral College and the importance of voting, plus a unique approach to staging a classroom debate about election issues!
Votesmart Educator Resources Civics and government activities and lesson plans
CET Election Hub An educational guide to the election with lessons plans and other local and national resources and an interactive map to track the candidates on the campaign trail.

News
CNN Student News
PBS Newshour Extra Election 2016
Visit this site for the latest in election news as November 8 nears. Current events content is updated continuously, so that lesson plans and videos are fresh and dynamic as the election season unfolds.
FiveThirtyEIght 2016 Election
A continually updated view of the presidential election through data analysis by statistician Nate Silver including a graph showing how close the race is in each state based upon 20,000 election-day simulations.
What to know about Election 2016 Today from the NY Times
CNN Politics
2016 election results, polling and news about the presidential candidates.
Fox News Election HQ
Another take on the 2016 election news of the day
USA Today - Elections 2016
Politico - Election 2016
C-Span Election Guide
Fact Check.org A nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics

Voting Resources
Create Your Own Debate Choose from 16 topics and view videos of each candidate speaking on the topic.
ISideWith.com Take a quiz to find out how your beliefes align with the candidates.
My Ohio Vote Voting information from the Ohio Secretary of State
Project Vote Smart Nonpartisan source of information about the candidates and issues. Be sure to check out vote easy to see which candidates views on important issues best align with yours. They also have resources designed for teachers."