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34 Days Until Election Day

El08_flash_meetthecandidates Get to Know the Candidates
Help your students get involved in the presidential election! The Scholastic News Online Election 2008 Web site has everything you need to teach your students how America elects a president. You'll find interactive games, blogs, and multimedia in addition to lesson plans and reproducibles.

El08_vote2008promo_xlg It's Not Too Late to Vote!
October 10 is the last chance for your students to cast their vote in the Scholastic Presidential Election Poll.  The outcome of the Poll has mirrored the outcome of the general election in every election but two. We want to see your class participating in the democratic process. It's easy to submit your photos.

Upfront_obamavsmccain Obama vs McCain: What's At Stake? [The New York Times Upfront magazine]
The 2008 contest between Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona and Democratic Senator Barack Obama of Illinois may be one of those rare elections in which voters make up their minds on questions of both substance and symbolism.

El08_wherecandidatesstandtout_xlg Where the Candidates Stand
Explore the chart to discover what John McCain and Barack Obama think about major social and political issues. Students can take the quiz to test their knowledge or write biographies in a talk-show format.

El08_blog_header Live Blogging from the Debates
Scholastic News Kid Reporters will blog and Twitter from all four of the presidential and vice presidential debates. Be sure to log on and follow these historic events!

68_teach Unit Plan: Presidential Election Vocabulary
Through campaign presentations and a mock election, students reinforce their understanding by using vocabulary lists in context.

Sn_candidategamepromo_xlg You're the Candidate Game
Student "candidates" race against time and political opponents as they create a platform, identify key states, and launch their presidential campaigns.

El08_cmpgnpostergamepromo_xlg Create a Winning Campaign Poster
Students experiment with combinations of imagery and slogans to discover what makes a strong campaign message.

Upfront_vp_100608_large A Heartbeat Away [The New York Times Upfront magazine]
Students will find out why this year's candidates for vice president could determine the outcome of the presidential election.

Visit Scholastic News Online Election 2008 for the latest news and more teaching resources.


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