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Discussions
  1. -Political News (Congress.org)
      Provides political news.

  2. Contact Congress Members (VoteNet)
      Provides the email address and other information about your legislators. Includes search engines to find your legislators (you provide your zip code), find out who is contributing to political campaigns, learn more about specific political campaigns, and more. 1-00

Lesson Plans
  1. Analyzing the Use of Propaganda (New York Times - Hambouz and Khan)
      "In this lesson, students analyze the use of propaganda in the war against terrorism, focusing specifically on the attacks in Afghanistan, exploring the distinction between ideas spread to benefit a cause and those spread to damage an opposing cause." 2-02

  2. Government and Civics Lessons (PBS - Teacher Source)
      Provides over two dozen lessons, by subject, related to governing, politics, budget making, the national debt, voting, political campaigning,and rules of citizenship. 2-01

  3. Just Vote (ConstitutionCenter.org)
      Provides a curriculum to encourage students to participate in the political process.10-04

  4. Lesson on Voting (PBS.org - Moyers)
      "This lesson is designed for Social Studies classrooms, grades 9-12." 11-04

  5. Perfect President (PBS - Teacher Source)
      Provides a lesson for students to help them become clearer about qualifications for president of the United States. 2-01

Materials
  1. Political Buttons (Buttonsonline.com)
      Provides complete buttons with messages or kits. 3-04

News
  1. AllPolitics
  2. CNN Political News
  3. Congress - News and Issues (Congress.org)
      Provides news. Also provides information on issues through links to organizations advocating for their views to be supported by Congress. 6-01

  4. Conservative News and Information (Heritage Foundation - Townhall.com)
      Provides a conservative view of news events. 5-01

  5. NPR Hourly News (NPR.org)
      Provides radio news.

  6. News for Students (McNeil-Lehrer Productions - PBS NewsHour)
      Provides news designed for teens regarding politics. 11-00

Papers
  1. 10-20-02 Fewer Young People Are Voting (International Herald Tribune - Goldstein and Morin)
      "In 1974, about 30 percent of all 25-year-olds voted. Next month, 23 percent are expected to vote. If those trends continue, only about 19 percent will vote in 2022.

  2. Candidate Information (Vote-Smart)
      Provides information on candidates for public office. 11-01

  3. Clinton Strategist Dick Morris Discusses Strategy (PBS Frontline)
      Describes the role of money in Dick Morris's strategies for Bill Clinton.

      "I think the best argument for making the networks provide free air time is so the country can have its President back on duty, in his desk working on issues, as opposed to raising money, which is what he basically has to spend his time doing the year before an election." 12-02

  4. Congressional Record (Congressional Record)
      "The Congressional Record is a substantially verbatim account of the remarks made by Senators and Representatives while they are on the floor of the Senate and the House of Representatives. It also includes all bills, resolutions, and motions proposed, as well as debates and roll call votes." 2-05

  5. Conservative Views of Government and Law (Federalist Society)
      Provides conservative legal opinions, news, and essays from a conservative view of government and law. 5-02

  6. Election Dates (USAToday.com)
      Provides information on elections, including primaries, by date. 12-03

  7. Election Deadlines - Filing Deadlines for Primaries (Federal Election Commission)
      Provides filing deadlines for primaries, by state. 12-03

  8. Election Process (Library of Congress)
      "If you're an American citizen, 18 years of age or older, you probably think you have the right to vote for presidential candidates in the national election. You're wrong! In our country, when citizens punch their ballots for President, they actually vote for a slate of electors." 10-04

  9. Election of U.S. President - Progress (theGreenPapers.com)
      Provides information on primaries, caucuses, and conventions, by state. 12-03

  10. Executive Privilege - A Short History (FindLaw.com - Dorf)
      Summarizes the few important events since George Washington in which Presidents declared that "executive privilege" required that they not disclose information. Executive privilege is a custom (not a law) that Congress and the courts have honored to ensure that the Executive Branch is not under the authority of Congress or the Judicial Branch, but rather is separate and equal. 2-02

  11. LaDuke - Native Activists and the Future (Massa and Cascadia Planet - LaDuke)
      Provides statements from Winona LaDuke about "White" views of the environment compared to the Native views. She also discusses the difference between Native Activists and Environmentalists.

  12. Maps of Congressional Districts (NationalAtlas.gov)
      Provides maps. 11-06

  13. Money - Winning Compared to Spending in the Senate (OpenSecrets.org)
      Provides a list of expenditures, winners, and losers for Senate seats. More than two-thirds of the heaviest spenders were the winners. Also provides a great deal more information about donations and elections. 12-03

  14. News from the U.S. Congress (FedNet)
  15. Newseum - Interactive Museum of News
      Provides information from high visibility journalists and politicians about news-related issues of the day. Designed partly to inform children about the role of news in government.

  16. Political Buttons (Buttonsonline.com)
      Provides complete buttons with messages or kits. 3-04

  17. Political Campaigns - Finances (Federal Election Commission)
      Monitors and reports on contributions to political campaigns.

  18. Political Parties in the United States (United States Senate)
      Provides a history of majority and minority political parties in the United States from 1789 to present. (The political parties of the 1st Congress of the United States were not Democrats or Republicans.) 1-04

  19. Political Parties of the United States (Library of Congress)
      "With names like Whig, Anti-Mason, and Green, these parties may sound more like household cleaners or new wave bands than political powers. However, the diverse conditions of historical eras, and differing ideologies of America's people gave rise to these political parties, founded to advance specific ideals and the candidates who represented them." 10-04

  20. Political Position - Assess Your Political Position (PoliticalCompass.org)
      Provides questions to position you on a political graph, ranging from "left wing" to "right wing" and "authoritarian" to "libertarian." Also positions prominent British politicians on the chart. 7-01

  21. President George W. Bush's State of the Union Speech - Major Points (NBC17.com - Bush)
      Summarizes the key points and initiatives of President Bush's 200 State of the Union Speech. 1-03

  22. Presidential Candidates (Politics1.com)
      Provides information on each candidate for President of the United States, by political party. 12-03

  23. Presidential Personalities (American Psychological Association)
      "As part of their The Personality and the President Project, psychologist Steven J Rubenzer, Ph.D., of Houston, Texas and co-authors Thomas Faschingbauer, Ph.D., of Richmond Texas and Deniz S. Ones, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota, used several objective personality instruments to analyze the assessments made by more than one hundred presidential experts who were instructed to assess the lives of presidents they studied. The experts were instructed to look only at the five-year period before their respective subject became president to avoid the influence that life in the White House might have had on their behavior."

      "Results of the research indicate that great presidents, besides being stubborn and disagreeable, are more extraverted, open to experience, assertive, achievement striving, excitement seeking and more open to fantasy, aesthetics, feelings, actions, ideas and values. Historically great presidents were low on straightforwardness, vulnerability and order."

      "Achievement striving was found to be one of the best correlates of greatness in the oval office and competence was also a big predictor of presidential success." 12-03

  24. Propaganda - Interview with Noam Chomsky (BBC News - Marr)
      "For many people, the idea that propaganda is used by democratic, rather than merely authoritarian governments, will be a strange one." 7-02

  25. Rice, Condoleeza (Awesome Library)
      Provides biographies of Rice. 1-05

  26. Senate - History of the United States Senate (United States Senate)
      Provides a history of the Senate, including key officers of the past and present, such as President of the Senate, President pro tempore, Secretary of the Senate, Sargeant at Arms, Senate Chaplain, Legislative Counsel, and more. 5-01

  27. Taxes - Estate Tax Cut - Where It Is Going (Center on Budget and Planning Priorities)
      Shows that the tax reduction passed by Congress will provides the richest 4,500 estates with the same amount (28 billion dollars) as the 142 million persons with the lowest incomes will receive. 8-01

  28. Taxes - Shrinking Budget Surplus (Center on Budget and Planning Priorities - Kogan)
      Concludes that over half of the lost surplus in the federal budget is caused by the tax reduction passed in 2001. 2-02

  29. Taxes - Shrinking Budget Surplus (Center on Budget and Planning Priorities - Springer)
      Concludes that over half of the lost surplus in the federal budget is caused by the tax reduction passed in 2001. 2-02

  30. Teens Views From Britain and Italy (McNeil-Lehrer Productions)
      Provides views of teens about the presidential election in the United States and their own countries. Also describes elections in Britain and Italy. 11-00

  31. Ten Key Values of the Green Party of the United States (GreenPartyUS.org)
      Provides the Green Party's values. 6-02

  32. The White House for Kids (White House)
      Provides information about presidents, pets in the White House, and the history of the White House. 10-09

  33. Voting Deadlines (Politics1.com)
      Provides dates related to elections within each state, including dates for voting in primaries. Qualifications to vote include: You must be 18 years old or older by the day of the election, you must be registered to vote, and you must be a U.S. citizen. In many states, you must register with a political party to vote in that party's primary election. To vote in a primary election, your registration must be recognized well before the primary election in that state. 12-03

Projects
  1. Elections News (Votelink)
      Provides news on elections and politics. 2-00

  2. New Voters Project (NewVotersProject.org)
      Provides activities to help "reengage young people in the political process. Over 28 million eligible voters between the ages of 18 and 24 years old could be a powerful voting bloc in the upcoming elections." 04-08

  3. Political News (Salon.com - Politics)
      Provides news on elections and politics. 4-00

Purchase Resources
  1. Campaigning - Yard Signs (1st-political-yard-signs.com)
      Provides yard signs for sale. Awesome Library does not endorse the product, but provides it as an example. 4-04

Worksheets
  1. Elections Worksheets (AbcTeach)
      Provides dozens of worksheets to help children have a better understanding of the elections process. 1-04

   
   


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