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Election 2016 Case Study: Ugly Ads

It happens sooner or later in every presidential race: attack ads drown out the promises of positive campaigns. Do these dark battles have any value?
Subject: Voting, elections, politics
Grades: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7
Resource Type: Lesson plans
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Election 2016 Case Study: The Homestretch

In the last weeks of the campaign, candidates make a final push to sway undecided voters and strive to avoid even minor mistakes that could magnify...
Subject: Voting, elections, politics
Grades: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7
Resource Type: Lesson plans
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Election 2016 Case Study: Social Media Swirl

Social media revolutionized how the public and candidates interact – but how effective are the latest tools for shaping election outcomes?
Subject: Voting, elections, politics
Grades: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7
Resource Type: Media
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Election 2016 Case Study: So Many Contests

Primary season can be a wild ride. Voters narrow the field of candidates in contest after contest, while the parties use complicated rules to try to...
Subject: Voting, elections, politics
Grades: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7
Resource Type: Media
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Election 2016 Case Study: Rousing Rallies

Political rallies: the scene of rousing speeches, cheering supporters and seas of signs and flags. These events are presidential campaign staples,...
Subject: Voting, elections, politics
Grades: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7
Resource Type: Lesson plans
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Election 2016 Case Study: Raging Rhetoric

Presidential candidates know that it’s not just what you say, but how you say it. Advisers and speechwriters shape their statements for maximum...
Subject: Voting, elections, politics
Grades: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7
Resource Type: Lesson plans
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Election 2016 Case Study: Media Mayhem

As the election season heats up, the candidates, their political parties, special interest groups and news outlets compete to get heard. The public...
Subject: Voting, elections, politics
Grades: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7
Resource Type: Lesson plans
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Election 2016 Case Study: Getting Counted

Throughout U.S. history, Americans have silently stewed and actively protested that presidential elections are unfair and fixed against them. Do they...
Subject: Voting, elections, politics
Grades: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7
Resource Type: Lesson plans
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Election 2016 Case Study: Entering the Race

In 2016, 22 people led the field of Republicans and Democrats running for president. They were joined by about 1,800 third-party, fringe and joke...
Subject: Voting, elections, politics
Grades: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7
Resource Type: Lesson plans
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Election 2016 Case Study: Chaotic Conventions

National conventions are supposed to be a show of party power and solidarity, but there’s always the potential for dissent. Too many internal clashes...
Subject: Voting, elections, politics
Grades: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7
Resource Type: Lesson plans
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