Campaigning will be in full swing this month ahead of Election Day on Nov. 6. Check out these highlighted resources about voting, elections and media literacy. For a complete list, go here.

Media Literacy Booster Pack

Staying fresh and fluent in today’s media landscape isn’t easy. This collection of resources from NewseumEd tackles eight pressing challenges, including separating facts and opinions, recognizing bias, detecting propaganda, filtering out Fake News and leveraging your role as a media contributor.

Voting and Elections in American History

Long before the pilgrims landed, voting and elections were taking place in America. For example, the Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, a powerful alliance of Native American tribes who inhabited territory west of the Colonies, had established a system of representative government sometime around 1500 that lasted until the Revolutionary War. Women played a prominent role in choosing its political leaders. This resource is presented by the Constitutional Rights Foundation and Barat Education Foundation’s Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program.

Winning the Vote: A History of Voting Rights

In this essay from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, historian Steven Mintz writes that the basic principle that governed voting in colonial America was that voters should have a “stake in society.” Leading colonists associated democracy with disorder and mob rule, and believed that the vote should be restricted to those who owned property or paid taxes. Only these people, in their view, were committed members of the community and were sufficiently independent to vote.

News in the Network

  • Bill of Rights Institute: The prompt for the We the Students Essay Contest is “What are the essential qualities of a citizen in your community in 21st-century America?” Learn more.
  • Core Knowledge Foundation: New History and Geography Units for grades 3-5 are available for free download. Learn more.