2016 Presidential Election


Join us and our partner, Teaching for Democracy Alliance , for a webinar about Teaching Presidential Elections on Wednesday, September 14 at 7pm ET. 

Moderated by Dr. Belinha DeAbreu, the discussion will focus on how teachers can efectively bring the conversation about presidential debates into their classroom this fall. Renowned media literacy educator Frank Baker (Media Literacy Clearinghouse) and Kamy Akhavan from procon.org will join Dr. DeAbreu to share their expertise and resources.


NAMLE recently partnered with the National Speech and Debate Association to create a resource for teachers interested in exploring Campaign 2016 in their classroom. The new resource outlines strategic uses for speech and debate in the classroom, strategic uses for media literacy in the classroom, and lesson prompts for evaluation media and debating the issues. We hope you find it valuable and share it with your colleagues.

Export the PDF of the NAMLE NSDA Resource

While developing this resource, NAMLE and NSDA gathered additional resources that might be helpful to you in your classroom and beyond when exploring the presidential election.

Here are some of the resources available to you:
New York Times Breaking down the messaging powering the 2016 presidential election.
News Literacy Project
Project Look Sharp’s Media Construction of Presidential Campaigns
Frank Baker’s Media and Politics
Letters 2 the Next President National Initiative from the National Writing Project
Museum of the Moving Image The Living Room Candidate Presidential Campaign Commercials 1952-2012
Speech and Debate Voices of the Future
NPR Guide to Spotting Pretzel Logic on the Campaign Trail
Political TV Ad Archive
PBS Learning Media’s Election Central
C-SPAN Classroom Campaign 2016
New York Times Learning Channel’s Election 2016 Blog
Kids Voting USA
Edutopia’s Election 2016 Resources 
Vote Smart Classroom Activities and Resources
NEA’s Elections Resources
Media Smarts Watching the Elections Lesson Plan
Media Smarts Suffragettes and Iron Ladies Lesson Plan
Media Smarts Girl in the Mirror Lesson Plan
Five Ways to Survive Political News Coverage

We are Teachers Blog: Teach Politics in Class and Live to Tell About It 

ProCon.org – 2016 Presidential Election: The Candidates and Where They Stand on the Issues

Teaching Democracy: A Media Literacy Approach A Project of the Japanese American National Museum Developed and Written by Jeff Share, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Thoman, Founder, Center for Media Literacy

Teaching for Democracy Alliance P.D. Webinars

Have resources you have created or you want to share? Please contact us at namle@namle.net so we can add them to this resource list.