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ERIC Number: EJ1110644
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1933 8341
The Path to Presidency: Tips for Teaching Elementary Students about the Election Process
Conrad, Marika
Geography Teacher, v13 n3 p134-137 2016
Teaching about presidential elections at the elementary level can seem a bit daunting at times. Students are quick to share their strong opinions on the current candidates running for office. These opinions often involve repeating feelings and phrases shared by parents around the dinner table the night before. For the average seven- or ten-year-old, being old enough to vote is a distant thought. It is critical however, to light the fires of today's elementary students to think about the election process and the rights they will have when they are older, the idea that they, too, make a difference in shaping the future of our country. They are tomorrow's voters, and instilling a sense of citizenship and civic duty in our young people can only benefit our country in the long run. Marika Conrad has learned a few things about teaching children the election process over her years of experience as an elementary teacher. She writes in this article that she finds it more beneficial to focus on the process of "how" a candidate ends up in the Oval Office rather than "who." Here Conrad shares some resources that might be useful to other teachers as they navigate this year's election.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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