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The next President of the United States will be elected one year from now.

I figured it was time to begin creating a related “Best” list that will have many additions to it by that time…

Before I start sharing those resources, though, here are some other “Best” lists that you might find helpful:


The Best Sites To Learn About U.S. Presidents


The Best Sites To Learn About The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections

The Best Resources For Learning About The 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

The Best Resources For Learning About The 2008 U.S. Presidential Election

The Best Posts & Articles On How To Teach “Controversial” Topics


Okay, now, here are resources for teaching and learning about the 202o Presidential election (Note: some of the ones at the beginning of the list were created for the 2016 election, but can easily be very slightly modified for this one):

My NY Times post, Nine Ways to Teach Election 2016 in the E.L.L. Classroom, is filled with ideas and resources applicable to this year.  Here’s another one I did about the Presidential election that has some still useful lesson ideas.

Here’s a lesson from The New York Times Learning Network: The Final Vote for President: Learning About the Electoral College.  Again, it’s from 2016, but still useful.

Super Civics 2020 is from the PBS NewsHour.

The KQED Media Challenge: Let’s Talk About Election 2020 is a public television and Writing Project joint project where young people create audio and video products about the election.


The Elephant (and Donkey) in the Room is from ASCD and offers good lesson advice.

Debating Our Destiny: Do Presidential Debates Matter? – Lesson Plan is from The PBS News Hour.

Teaching and Learning With the 2016 Presidential Debates is from The New York Times Learning Network, and has excellent teaching ideas and hand-outs – and can be slightly modified for this year.

Ten of the Most Successful Presidential Campaign Ads Ever Made (with Lesson Plan) is from KQED.



Students Create Video Ads for Historical Presidential Elections is from The New York Times Learning Network.

The New York Times has published a very nice series of “unforgettable” moments from past Presidential debates. You watch the short video clips and then vote for your “favorite.”

Teaching With the Presidential Debates is from The New York Times Learning Network is from 2016, but still has great ideas.

Watching Debates With Kids is a good piece from Middleweb, and includes a nice downloadable sheet that students could use while watching the presidential debates.

Time Magazine has a slideshow on The Voting Machines of America.

English Page has some interactive vocabulary lessons related to presidential elections that would be helpful to English Language Learners.

iCivics, best known for its Social Studies oriented learning games but also offering many other resources (see WOW! IT LOOKS LIKE ICIVICS WANTS TO BE THE ONE-STOP SHOP FOR SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHERS) announced that they just updated their popular Win The White House game. The changes include:

• Updated issues for both parties that reflect what your students are hearing in the news and care about most
• More guidance from Campaign Manager Ana to help students navigate the issues, debates, and media campaigns
• Full support for English language learners, including Spanish translation and English voice over
• Coming Soon: A newly updated Extension Pack to make game play a deeper, more meaningful experience for students

Decision 2020 is from NBC News Learn.


Newsela Election 2020 looks like a pretty good collection of resources.

Election 2020: 11 Ways to Engage Students From Now Until November is from The New York Times Learning Network.

election headquarters is from iCivics.

Letters to the Next President: Guidelines for Promoting Civic Writing is from the WRITE Center.

Teach and Learn With the 2020 Election is from The NY Time Learning Network.

Infographic: The U.S. Electoral Map | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

The Battleground States Biden and Trump Need to Win 270 is a cool interactive from The NY Times.

The True Colors of America’s Political Spectrum Are Gray and Green is also from The NY Times.

Election 2020 is from Scholastic.

Election Day dictionary: All the terms you need to know before you vote in 2020 is from CBS News.

ProPublica’s Pandemic Guide to Making Sure Your Vote Counts

VoterGuide: We’re here to help is from CNN.

Teaching Resources for the 2020 US Election is from Facing History.

The Election Collection is from PBS.

Civics Education Resource Site is from Illinois Civics.

Is the Election Still a Teachable Moment? is from Ed Week.

Election 101 is from CNN.

Lesson of the Day: How Does the Electoral College Work and Why Does It Matter? is from The NY Times Learning Network.

Here are some new interactives that let you model predictions for the presidential election.

Explore The Ways Trump Or Biden Could Win The Election is from Five Thirty Eight.

ROAD TO 270 is from CNN.

2020 Presidential Election Interactive Map

Interactive Election Map is from ABC News.

Interactive Electoral Maps

How Can Teachers and Students Discuss the 2020 Election? is from The Teaching Channel.

Is Voting Too Hard in the U.S.? is from KQED.

Lesson of the Day: An Election News Game is from The New York Times Learning Network.


The Battleground States Biden and Trump Need to Win 270 is a very interesting NY Times tool to use and predict tomorrow’s election.

How Mail Could Delay Election Results is a NY Times interactive.

Is the Election Still a Teachable Moment? is from Ed Week.



Stressed Election is a NY Times video series.

How the Electoral College works is from Reuters.

Peaceful Transfer of Power is an infographic from iCivics.

Vote By Design has an extensive curriculum.

How does the US election work? is from Al Jazeera.

No, a state trooper in Arizona did not find 50,000 Trump votes in a dumpster — and other news literacy lessons about the election is from The Washington Post.