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Election 2020 Resources for Your Classroom

Oct 21, 2020

The 2020 presidential election is fast approaching and this provides an excellent teaching opportunity for you and your students. While your students may not be old enough to vote, it is never too early to begin teaching them about how the government works and how they can make sure their voices are heard. Helping students develop into civically informed and engaged citizens is imperative for the future of our state and our country. In order to help, Iowa PBS has curated a variety of PBS resources here that you may find useful as you teach your students about the election, Iowa’s role in the election process, how Iowans have contributed to past elections, and how to learn more about their current elected officials.

The U.S. Presidential Election

  • Caucus Iowa: This collection from Iowa PBS’s Caucus Iowa: Journey to the Presidency documentary explores how Iowa became the political epicenter and first major electoral event for the United States presidential nomination process.
  • Election Central: Voting and elections are an essential part of democracy. Keep up with election news, study the history and process of presidential elections, explore voting rights, and engage in classroom debates with these videos, activities, and lesson plans.

Iowans and the White House

  • Iowan Presidential Hopefuls: Learn about those Iowans who have ran in the presidental election with Iowa Pathways.
  • Herbert Hoover: One Iowan made it all the way to the White House. This Iowa Pathways story explores his Iowa roots, background, road to the White House and his presidency. 

Elected Officials