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ERIC Number: EJ1003176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
10 Top Websites for Teaching about Issues in the Election Season
Libresco, Andrea S.; Balantic, Jeannette
Social Education, v76 n4 p189-192 Sep 2012
This article presents what the authors consider to be the ten top websites for teaching about issues in the election season. These include: (1) The Annenberg Political Fact Check--a non-partisan organization that assesses the accuracy of candidates' information in ads, speeches, and debates; (2) The Living Room Candidate: Presidential Ads 1952-2008--contains videos of historic ads by year; (3) Voter Chooser 2012; Vote Match Quiz; or Candidate Match Game--three websites where one can compare one's positions on issues with those of the candidates; (4) Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonists Index--contains hundreds of current cartoons on a variety of topics, organized by issue and cartoonist; (5) National Priorities Project: Federal Budget Trade-Offs--one can enter data about one's own location, and then compare programs in the federal budget with each other; (6) New York Times--Budget Puzzle: You Fix the Budget--in this interactive site, one is in charge of the nation's finances; (7) U.S. Presidential Election Results: Popular and Electoral College Data, 1789-2008--shows historical election results by year and state; (8) Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues--the website lists the candidates' positions on 61 different issues; (9) U.S. Census Data: Participation by Various Groups--the U.S. Census provides tables of registration and voting data from the 2008 election; and (10) South Africa Votes: Going the Distance--contains photos of Black South Africans waiting in long lines to vote in 1994, when they were first legally allowed to vote for president. Following a description of each website, suggested classroom activities are provided. (Contains 2 handouts and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York; South Africa; United States