This curated collection of resources on voting and elections contains resources for elementary, middle and high schools. For a complete list from the CRN members, go here.

Presenting Political Parties

Using the political cartoons of Clifford Berryman, this lesson, developed in collaboration with the National Archives, has students consider the impact of political parties on politics, government, lawmaking, and voters. Grades 6-12. Florida Joint Center on Citizenship at the Lou Frey Institute

Political Ideology in America: Bumper Sticker Politics

Americans love to personalize their vehicles. This lesson explores political ideology by analyzing data on automobile purchases and bumper stickers. Students will learn generalizations about conservatives, liberals, democrats, republicans, libertarians and socialists and appreciate the American custom of advertising political thought in public. Grades 6-12. Youth Leadership Initiative

Decision Making in a Democracy

Voting is one of the most basic ways to participate in a democratic society. This lesson introduces primary students to the concept of voting and group decision-making. Grades 2-5. Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago

Voting and the Constitution

Students will learn about the Constitution’s provisions for voting, including how votes affect the makeup of the government and its branches. Students will engage in activities and discussions about the Electoral College and how officials are chosen in the three branches. Grades 5-8. ABOTA Foundation

Should Our State Require Photo ID for In-Person Voting?

The right to vote is a basic right, protected by the Constitution. But there are limits to this right, and states can establish reasonable restrictions on time, place, and manner of voting. This deliberation lesson sets up the question of whether states should require a photo ID to vote. Grades 9-12. Street Law

Presidential Campaign Memorabilia on DocsTeach

This page includes primary sources in the form of artifacts, photographs, documents, and more as well as additional online resources. Themes highlight political memorabilia from presidential campaigns from the 1850s through the 1990s. Grades K-12. National Archives’ DocsTeach

Seize the Vote

Learn all about voting rights throughout history in this online game. Grades 6-12. National Constitution Center

Voting: What is it and does it matter?

This short activity is designed to introduce students to the concept of voting and its importance to American citizenship. Materials are also available in Spanish. Grades 2-5. Youth Leadership Initiative

Electing a President

his lesson starts with a political cartoon, then leads into discussion about the Electoral College and electing the president. Grades 6-12. ABA’s Division of Public Education

Getting Counted: Is the System Fair?

Throughout U.S. history, Americans have silently stewed and actively protested that presidential elections are unfair and fixed against them. Do they have a point? In this lesson, students will understand why people are critical of the political process and will explore the topic “Do all voters have an equal voice in American democracy?” Grades 6-10. NewseumED

One Person, One Vote

In this documentary, Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Stephen G. Breyer and other experts discuss how the principle of one person, one vote emerged from a series of landmark decisions, including Baker v. Carr and Reynolds v. Sims. Grades 6-12. Annenberg Classroom

Election Central

Election Central helps teachers and students explore the electoral process past and present, in the United States and around the world. Readings and activities provide historical background and raise issues related to the electoral process. Resources are arranged under four categories: Issues for the Election, U.S. History, World History, Government. Grades 9-12. Constitutional Rights Foundation

Voting Rights Lesson Plan

Explore the evolution of voting rights in the United States through an interactive PowerPoint presentation highlighting landmark changes. Following the presentation and class discussion, students apply the new knowledge of voting legislation to individual scenarios through a class activity. This lesson is one in a series called “Civil Rights.” Grades 8-12. iCivics

Win the White House

Students take on the role of a presidential candidate from the primary season all the way through to the general election. The player strategically manages time and resources to gain control of as many electoral votes as possible over a 10-week campaign. This can only be done by effectively communicating his or her position on issues, and mastering media and public appearances. Grades 8-12. iCivics

Redistricting and Gerrymandering

In this lesson, students will learn how state legislatures and governors can manipulate the redistricting process to gain an advantage for their party in the U.S. House and state legislatures. Students will role-play state legislators and collaborate to draw both gerrymandered and not-gerrymandered districts. Grades 9-12. Street Law

Deliberation Materials: Compulsory Voting

Should voting be compulsory in the United States? This activity includes a deliberation reading and glossary as well as handouts to guide students through the deliberation process from planning to reflection. Grades 9-12. Street Law