Analyzing and Teaching the 2008 Elections
Sources compiled by Andrea S. Libresco and Jonie Kipling
Finding Reliable And Alternative Sources
- Annenberg Political Fact Check
(Non-partisan organization checks on candidates' information in ads, speeches, debates)
- The War, The Press, and Democracy
(Media coverage of the war in Iraq)
- The World Votes
(World citizens weigh in on US elections)
- National Priorities Project
(Ongoing "clock" shows alternatives to spending on the Iraq War)
(News articles with a liberal bent from around the country and the world)
- The Daily Mis-lead
(Corrects information from the Bush White House, complete with footnotes)
(Builds electronic advocacy groups around different issues like campaign finance, environmental and energy issues, media consolidation, or the Iraq war. Once a group is assembled, MoveOn provides information and tools to help each individual have the greatest possible impact – openly asking for support of Obama)
General Information About Elections
Information About Voting
Information About The Electoral College
Information About Issues
General Sites for Activities
Political Spectrum Tests
Analyzing Advertisements, Political Cartoons, Websites, etc.
Electoral College Tally
POLITICAL PARTIES' WEBSITES
- D is for Democracy: A Citizen's Alphabet by Elissa Grodin and Vitor Jahasz
(Excellent, upper level book emphasizes the importance of asking questions in a democracy, and the purpose of taxes, among other things.)
- The Day Gogo Went to Vote by Eleanor Batezat Sisulu.
(LOVE this book about the first time after apartheid was over when the narrator's grandmother goes to vote – beautiful pictures and story.)
- My Teacher for President by Kay Winters and Denise Brunkus
(Second grader who has been learning about the president's job, thinks that his teacher would be the perfect candidate, given her qualifications. Delightful and amusing.)
- Vote by Eileen Christelow
(Accessible introduction to voting through a mayoral election in which the mother of a young, African American girl is one of the candidates, while two humorous dogs provide commentary on the action.)
- We the People (elementary level), Center for Civic Education.
(Excellent softcover text on how U.S. government was formed and works.)
- Woodrow for President: A Tail of Voting, Campaigns, and Elections
by Peter W. Barnes, Cheryl Shaw Barnes.
(Mouse running for pres in rhyme is only okay.)
- You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton? by Jean Fritz, Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan
(I generally like Jean Fritz, but this one is only okay.)
- America(the book): A citizen's guide to democracy inaction by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
- MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country: How to find your political voice and become a catalyst for change by MoveOn.Org.
- The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A citizen's guide to hope in a time of fear edited by Paul Rogat Loeb.