Elections are engaging for everyone, and can be especially so for students. Once every four years, students get to learn about civics and social studies while these issues are at the center of national attention! But teaching topics like the economy or immigration can be difficult- especially when rhetoric intensifies or false information consumes news cycles. This is why it’s important to teach non-biased, fact-based knowledge of the issues. Learning about these topics helps students deepen their perspectives on their own communities and identify issues most important to them.
PenPal Schools' Decision 2016 course contains six lessons tailored to Election 2016:
- Week 1: Education
- Week 2: The Economy
- Week 3: Immigration
- Week 4: Energy and the Environment
- Week 5: Health Care
- Week 6: Rock the Vote!
After your students explore the videos and articles associated with each weekly lesson they then answer discussion questions. These questions, like "What changes would you recommend to improve the unemployment rate?" provide a "jumping off" point for students to form their own perspectives on each topic.
Sharing with Peers
How often do your students have the opportunity to share perspectives with peers across the country? In Decision 2016 they will! When students answer their discussion question it populates their PenPal chat. We match each of your students with their own PenPals across the United States so students have the unique opportunity to not only voice their opinions but to share them with peers from diverse communities!Here's an example of one Decision 2016 PenPal exchange:
Enroll your class by October 21, 2016 to meet your PenPals and make sure students can learn about every topic by Election Day!