What's the electoral college, who are delegates, and why in the heck do we vote on Tuesday?
National elections, especially presidential ones, offer great teaching moments. But explaining the basic mechanics of America's ever confusing electoral system can be daunting, especially for students who lack a basic understanding of the process.
Fortunately, there are a ton of great free digital resources out there to help your students demystify the process, using pretty engaging and creative formats. Of course, finding them entails the equally daunting task of spending hours online in search of the best unbiased content out there.
So, with that in mind, rather than adding to the cyber-pile, I've compiled a list of six excellent sites that do a good job in driving home basic election concepts, and, hopefully, encouraging your students to think critically about the process (rather than just learning about it as a given). This is by no means a comprehensive list (a good longer list can be found at the National Writing Project's site), so if you have additional suggestions, please share in the comment box below.
An excellent one-stop-shop comprehensive resource on the electoral system and the presidential race, including an interactive glossary of election terms, timelines, videos on the electoral college (and if it should be abolished), interactive games about the process, and candidate backgrounders.