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goldstar Online Course

FIRST! Understanding New Hampshire's Presidential Primary
This free online course will investigate the primary with an eye towards both the past and present. Students will participate in online discussions, complete interactive modules and watch high-quality video lectures produced in partnership with New Hampshire PBS. Register Now!

goldstar Lesson Plans

Politics and Public Policy
This unit is designed to provide students with an introduction to the electoral processes of the American political system. Students will develop a strong foundation that will inform them of their choices and encourage civic involvement. The Politics and Public Policy unit guides students to a deep understanding of concepts and processes through simulations, presentations, vocabulary-building activities and a mock election. Source: iCivics

Improving Elections in the United States - Grade  6-12
This lesson plan is designed to be used with the film, Election Day, which shows the experiences of a number of people in various parts of the United States on Election Day 2004. Classrooms can use this lesson to study how the voting process differs around the country and to discuss issues related to elections administration. While the entire film is not online, classroom clips for the lesson plan are available. In addition, P.O.V. maintains a lending library of DVDs that schools can borrow. Source: P.O.V.

Primaries, Voting, and Elections - K-12
You'll find a collection of Lesson plans, Internet sites, and curriculum ideas focused on election and the electoral process. Source: Education World

Teaching Elections in Washington State - K-12
PDF collection of lesson plans and activities written by Washington teachers for Washington teachers, but most can be adapted! Source: Washington Office of the Secretary of State

Elections: Everything You Need - K-8
This collection of election resources created for the 2012 election includes lesson plans, activities, and printables. Source: Scholastic

Today is Election Day 3-12
This site features lesson plans with a focus on language arts as well as links to other resources focused around election day. Source: ReadThinkWrite

Voting! What’s It All About? - Gr. 3-5
In this unit of study, students gather images and articles to create a graffiti wall about voting. Source: ReadThinkWrite

Voting Rights for Women: Pro- and Anti-Suffrage - Gr. 7-12
This lesson examines what attitudes about women and their relationships with men had to be overcome before women could win the right to vote. Source: EDSITEMent

Evaluating Polling Methods and Results - Gr. 7-12
In this lesson plan students learn terms associated with polling as well as how to read and evaluate poll methodologies and results. They then practice administering and interpreting polls. Source: NY Times Learning Network

goldstar Games

Cast Your Vote
What issues do you want to ask candidates about? In Cast Your Vote, you choose the questions in a debate, rate their responses, and vote for the candidate of your choice. Source: iCivics

Win the White House
Running for the presidency isn’t easy! In Win the White House, you get to manage your very own presidential campaign by strategically raising funds, polling voters, launching media campaigns, and making personal appearances. Keep a close eye on the map as you battle over electoral votes and popular support. Source: iCivics

Road Trip to the White House! - Gr. 6-12
Road Trip to the White House is a single player, online, quiz-style game. The learning objective of the game is for players to be able to define the terms and concepts related to the Presidential Election. Source: PBS Learning Media

Inside the Voting Booth - Gr. 3-8
This activity introduces students to the history of suffrage in America, through the "Voting Time Machine," which presents case studies from different decades. Students also anticipate the time when they will be able to vote, through a customized, printable voter registration card, which also asks them to identify the issues they think are most important today. Understand why it is important to vote, examine times in U.S. election history when one vote made a difference in the election's outcome, learn several historical facts about voting and vote in a mock issues survey. Source: PBS Learning Media

Gaffe Dodger
Can you make it through a political speech without making a verbal mistake that will haunt your campaign? Source: Christian Science Monitor

goldstar News Sources - Local

NH Union Leader Primary Plus
WMUR - NH Primary
NH Public Radio
Concord Monitor - Politics
Nashua Telegraph - Politics

goldstar News Sources - Iowa

2016 Iowa Caucuses
This site from the Des Moines Register has the latest news about the candidates in Iowa.

Iowa Press 
This site from Iowa Public Television features the latest political news as well as archived video of past programs, including interviews with the candidates.

goldstar News Sources - National

ABC News
NBC News
FOX News
CBS News
NY Times
Real Clear Politics

goldstar Election Laws and Voting Districts

N. H. Election Division 
Learn how to register to vote in New Hampshire, find out where the polling places are in your community, find out how to file for office, and find out what type of voting machines are being used in different communities.

New Hampshire Secretary of State 
Voting and election information including elections results for past elections.

Federal Election Commission 
This site contains information about campaign finance regulations for federal offices, as well as information about elections and voting.

goldstar Election History

First-In-The-Nation Presidential Primary
Discover some of the highlights of NH Primary history starting from 1952-1996. Source:

16 Famous Spots Where Primary History Was Made
From Lindy's Diner in Keene to the Ballot Room at the Balsams, discover some of the iconic sites of the NH Primary. Source: The Boston Globe

First-In-The-Nation Presidential Primary

The New Hampshire Political Library 
Learn the history of the N.H. primaries, take a look at some presidential primary trading cards, or look at photos from past primaries.

Dave Lip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections 
This site has detailed information on national results for the major and minor candidates for U.S. President in the presidential elections from 1789 through 2000. Individual year pages include candidates, parties, popular and electoral vote totals, maps, charts, and voter turnout (1932-2000). Also, there are state results pages for the elections from 1896 through 2000 with county level maps and data for the elections from 1960 through 2000. Wow! 

Debating our Destiny 
This site from PBS station WETA looks at the pivotal moments from the last 40 years of presidential debates through the eyes of those who were there and features interviews and video clips. 

Every Four Years 
This site from the Truman Library examines Presidential elections, with a particular emphasis on elections in the last 80 years when radio and television brought these campaigns into the living rooms of homes across America.

This site features audio files of figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, FDR, and Richard Nixon. 



goldstar Online Video

A Celebration of The New Hampshire Primary Centennial: The Power of the Granite State
Bloomberg View columnist Albert Hunt leads a rare discussion on the history and importance of the New Hampshire primary with Sen. John McCain, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, James Carville, Tom Rath and Joe McQuaid, publisher of the Union Leader at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Source: Newseum Channel on YouTube

Election Foundations - Gr. 6-12
In this video, students are introduced to why we have presidential elections in the United States. Source: PBS Learning Media

The General Election - Gr. 6-12
Every four years, voters across the United States cast ballots to decide who will be the next president. This video helps students to make sense of the American election process by learning how citizens decide who to vote for in the election, the importance of the electoral college, and how swing states affect the outcomes of an election. Source: PBS Learning Media

2007 New Hampshire Primary Exhibit
Michael Chaney of the NH Political Library talks the history of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Source: C-SPAN

2016 NH Primary
James Pindell, political reporter for the Boston Globe talks about the importance of New Hampshire Primary. Source: C-SPAN

Primaries and Caucuses
Learn more about how primaries and caucuses work. Source: Khan Academy

Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
David Eisenbach explains the history of the long election process a candidate must go through to become President of the United States. Source: The History Channel

goldstar Online Interactives

Elections: The Maintenance of Democracy - Gr. 10+
Explore the political campaign and election process in the United States, then determine how you would vote in a mock election based on politicians' stances on certain issues, in this Democracy in America interactive activity from Annenberg Learner. Source: PBS Learning Media

goldstar Polls

Real Clear Politics Poll Overview
Polling Report
UNH Survey Center
Cast Your Vote! 
Follow a year in a fictitious election campaign for an inside look at the mathematics behind the polls.

goldstar General Election Resources

ballotLeague of Women Voters
This site features voter education resources and information.

Open Secrets
Follow the money trail! Find out who is giving money to campaigns. You can search for campaign contributions by individual donor name or by PAC, industry, or soft money. You can also look at a contribution report for individual candidates.

Circle - The Center for Information and Research on Civic Engagement and Learning
CIRCLE, based in the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy and is funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Carnegie Corporation of New York, conducts, collects, and funds research on the civic and political participation of young Americans. You will find a wealth of research-based materials here that look at youth voting and civic engagement.

P2016 Race for the White House
This site from Democracy in Action contains loads of background information about the candidates, the media, the electoral process, and lots more, including a look at the candidate pre-primary organization in New Hampshire.

goldstar Political Sites for Students

Campaign 2016
This site from C-SPAN features resources developed by 2015 Summer Teacher Fellows and provides explanations of the various aspects of the election process for candidates vying to become the next President of the United States. Separated into 9 main areas, each topic is supplemented with related video clips, discussion questions, handouts, and culminating activities to reinforce students' learning.

Rock the Vote Grades 7-12
This site for teens and young adults features coverage of issues like education, the environment, free expression and violence. The site also contains information about registering to vote and becoming politically active.

PBS Kids Democracy Project Grades 3-6
Students can learn how government impacts them by taking a virtual tour of a town's buildings, roads, and parks can go Inside the Voting Booth and learn the history of suffrage in America. While there they can create a customized, printable voter registration card. Next they can become president for a day and make the tough decisions that face a president. There is also a classroom resources section for teachers with lesson plans.

Elections Grade 4-12
This site from the Library of Congress provides primary source materials, lesson plans and other resources focused on elections.

Congress for Kids: Elections Grades 3-8
This site from the Dirksen Congressional Center features information about the primaries, the political parties, the national party conventions and more.

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government Grades K-12
With sections for grades K-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12; and parents and teachers, this site from the U.S. Government Printing Office features overviews of how government works and includes games and activities for the student.

goldstar Political Parties

Democratic National Committee
Green Party
Libertarian Party .
The Reform Party
Republican National Committee
N.H. Democratic Party
N. H. Libertarian Party
N. H. Republican Party

goldstar Political Cartoons

Cagle Post
Daily political cartons from editorial cartoonists around the country.

goldstar Political Ads

Political Ad Sleuth
You can search this site to find out who's funding political ads airing across the country. You can sort it by state and individual television market or date.

The Living Room Candidate
This site from the American Museum of the Moving Image has Presidential campaign commercials from 1952-2012. You can search by year, type of commercial, or issue.You will also find a collection of lesson plans for grades 9-12 as well as the Ad Maker, and interactive tool that lets students  re-edit a commercial from a historic presidential campaign or creating one using historical footage. You will need to register to save your finished ad.