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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.