Showing posts with label US Politics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label US Politics. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

IDEA Guide to 2012 Presidential Debates

The International Debate Education Association (IDEA) has published a free 157 page guide to the 2012 Presidential debates. The guide offers detailed overviews and opinion pieces about seventeen issues that could come up during the 2012 Presidential debates. The issues are divided into three categories; Domestic Policy, Foreign Policy, and Economic Policy. Within each section there are opinion pieces for students to read and debate in your classroom.

Applications for Education 
IDEA's Teaching Tools page contains a big collection of suggested activities for teaching students how to constructively debate. You may want to use some of those activities in conjunction with lessons about the 2012 Presidential debates that are based on The IDEA Guide to the 2012 Presidential Debates.

Videos - The Evolution of Republicans & Democrats

CNN Explains recently published a couple of videos explaining the origins and evolution of the modern Democratic and Republican parties.



Applications for Education
My U.S. History and U.S. Government students always asked me about the issues and events that created our modern political parties. And while these videos are not a replacement for full lessons on these topics they do offer quick summaries that I wouldn't hesitate to post on my course blog.