Introduction for EducatorsTable of ContentsUpdates & Latest AdditionsLearning Pathway: Black Lives MatterLearning Pathway: Influential WomenLearning Pathway: Student RightsLearning Pathway: Election 2020Learning Pathway: Current Events Learning Pathway: Media Literacy Teacher-Designed Learning PlansTopic 1. The Philosophical Foundations of the United States Political System1.1. The Government of Ancient Athens1.2. The Government of the Roman Republic1.3. Enlightenment Thinkers and Democratic Government1.4. British Influences on American Government1.5. Native American Influences on U.S. GovernmentTopic 2. The Development of the United States Government2.1. The Revolutionary Era and the Declaration of Independence2.2. The Articles of Confederation2.3. The Constitutional Convention2.4. Debates between Federalists and Anti-Federalists2.5. Articles of the Constitution and the Bill of RightsTopic 3. Institutions of United States Government3.1. Branches of the Government and the Separation of Powers3.2. Examine the Relationship of the Three Branches3.3. The Roles of the Congress, the President, and the Courts3.4. Elections and Nominations3.5. The Role of Political PartiesTopic 4. The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens4.1. Becoming a Citizen4.2. Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens and Non-Citizens4.3. Civic, Political, and Private Life4.4. Fundamental Principles and Values of American Political and Civic Life4.5. Voting and Citizen Participation in the Political Process4.6. Election Information4.7. Leadership and the Qualities of Political Leaders4.8. Cooperation Between Individuals and Elected Leaders4.9. Public Service as a Career4.10. Liberty in Conflict with Equality or Authority4.11. Political Courage and Those Who Affirmed or Denied Democratic Ideals4.12. The Role of Political Protest4.13. Public and Private Interest Groups, PACs, and Labor UnionsTopic 5. The Constitution, Amendments, and Supreme Court Decisions5.1. The Necessary and Proper Clause5.2. Amendments to the Constitution5.3. Constitutional Issues Related to the Civil War, Federal Power, and Individual Civil Rights5.4. Civil Rights and Equal Protection for Race, Gender, and Disability5.5. Marbury v. Madison and the Principle of Judicial Review5.6. Significant Supreme Court DecisionsTopic 6. The Structure of Massachusetts State and Local Government6.1. Functions of State and National Government6.2. United States and Massachusetts Constitutions6.3. Enumerated and Implied Powers6.4. Core Documents: The Protection of Individual Rights6.5. 10th Amendment to the Constitution6.6. Additional Provisions of the Massachusetts Constitution6.7. Responsibilities of Federal, State and Local Government6.8. Leadership Structure of the Massachusetts Government6.9. Tax-Supported Facilities and Services6.10. Components of Local GovernmentTopic 7. Freedom of the Press and News/Media Literacy7.1. Freedom of the Press7.2. Competing Information in a Free Press7.3. Writing the News: Different Formats and Their Functions7.4. Digital News and Social Media7.5. Evaluating Print and Online Media7.6. Analyzing Editorials, Editorial Cartoons, or Op-Ed Commentaries

Learning Pathway: Election 2020

Building Democracy For All is designed so that teachers and students can follow different Learning Pathways as they explore the material in the book. Rather than proceeding sequentially through a list of civics and government curriculum standards, Learning Pathways invite a thematic approach. In addition Election 2020, other learning pathways include: Student RightsInfluential Women, Black Lives MatterMedia Literacy, and Current Events.

The 2020 Presidential election is being called the most consequential election in modern times. The coronavirus pandemic, partisan divides between people and political parties, Black Lives Matter protests, an economic recession that may lead to a second Great Depression, and looming environmental disasters are contributing to uncertainty about the future of American democracy. Our Election 2020 Learning Pathway provides teachers and students with resources for studying the election as well as the institutions of government that must function for that election to happen.

Additionally, we designed an Election 2020 choice board featuring a higher-order thinking activities and exploration of the learning pathway chapters (click here to make your own copy of the choice board). 

Screenshot of Election 2020 choice board

Latest Additions to the Learning Pathway

November 12

October 29

October 15

October 9

October 3

October 2

September 1

August 28

August 17

August 15

August 14

  • How to Vote in the 2020 Election: A State-by-State Guide from FiveThirtyEight blog.
    • Includes states from those where:
      • Everyone can vote by mail and ballots are automatically mailed to every voter to states;
      • Everyone can vote by mail and mail-in ballot applications are automatically mailed to voters;
      • Everyone can vote by mail but nothing is automatically mailed to voters;
      • Voting by mail requires a valid excuse (and the pandemic does not count).

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Building Democracy for All Chapters

UNDERSTANDING UNITED STATES ELECTIONS

Presidential Elections 1952-2004
US presidential elections 1952-2004 by Roke~commonswiki is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

VOTING RIGHTS AND VOTER SUPPRESSION

ELECTION-RELATED ISSUES

Election Day 1972 Birmingham Alabama
Election Day 1972, Birmingham, Alabama | Public Domain

HISTORY OF U.S. ELECTIONS