It's Election Time Again! - History Gal

It's Election Time Again!


Two boxing gloves in front of an American Flag
It’s that time of year again! No, I’m not talking about the presence of crisp fall days or spooky season- I’m talking about Election Time! 


2020 is an interesting year for presidential elections and debates.  And although most of you have students who cannot vote yet, it’s never too early to teach about the voting process and elections in the U.S.  On November 3rd, voters will hit the polls (or will have participated in early voting or mailed in their ballots!)  There two main candidates for this presidential election.  One is our current president, Donald Trump.  The other is Joe Biden.  While all the candidate rhetoric, snide remarks, and unveiled tax plans can be scary, it is actually a fun time to be teaching U.S. History or American Government. If you're looking for a way to incorporate the election into your class, check out this freebie, Propaganda in Politics!

 

Two boxing gloves one with Republicans and another with Democrats are punching each other


According to Britannica.com, propaganda is the “dissemination of information—facts, arguments, rumors, half-truths, or lies—to influence public opinion.”


Use this freebie to teach your students how to recognize propaganda in the media, so that one day they will be informed voters!




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23 comments

  1. Thanks for the great freebie. It will be very useful and helpful this yeat.

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  2. Hahaha! Right on, scary-time indeed. I think it's the fake smiles that spook me the most--you know the fangs are about to drop down any minute! Well done, and thanks for the free resource!

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    1. There have been some great cartoons about it recently. My favorite is the guy who escapes from prison only to see that the election is still a year away despite all the billboards and media attention. He turns himself back in:)

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    2. haha! That's funny, Andrea. Political cartoons are a great reading resource-having students figure out why it's funny. Although, it's not always funny, is it?

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  3. Checked out the free resource, and it's fantastic! And, yes, election season is the scariest season of all....

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  4. I love your freebie and will be forwarding it on to the history faculty at my school. Thanks for sharing your awesome materials with our fellow teachers.

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  5. Great way to enable student to understand the issues,and to separate fact from media slant and propaganda.

    Connie

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    1. I think it really helps for students to understand propaganda techniques - they are all around us!

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  7. Excellent, interactive, authentic-learning freebie! I am going to showcase it on my Facebook page tomorrow :-)

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    1. Thank you! I don't think I'm following you on Facebook. I need to do that!

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  8. Awesome freebie! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  9. Thanks, just downloaded your freebie! It will work wonderfully in my American Literature class.

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    1. Yay! I'm glad it'll work in American Literature, too!

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  10. Thanks, Andrea. Your freebie will be very useful when I do Animal Farm.

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    1. Oh, I hadn't thought of using it with Animal Farm - that's a great idea!

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  11. Your freebie gave me a great idea- In English we call those types of propaganda "logical fallicies." This might be the pre-writing activity for my first paper next fall. Thanks!

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  12. I am in a communication unit right now in my learning strategies class. This will be a great lesson on how one needs to fact check communication because not that everything you hear is fact! Thanks!

    -Lisa
    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

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