New EDCollection Offers Free Educational Resources to Tackle the 2016 Election Cycle

Election 2016: Stumped!?

The Newseum has launched a new educational resource for teachers and students that puts the 2016 election in context and offers tools to demystify election procedures, decode campaign messages and make their voices heard. “Election 2016: Stumped!?” is available on NewseumED, a free website that provides learners of all ages free access to curated, standards-aligned content from the Newseum’s vast collection.

In the midst of a 2016 election cycle that has confounded everyone — from pre-voters to political pundits — teachers and students have faced a dearth of resources for tackling the subject in and out of the classroom. “Election 2016: Stumped!?” addresses this need by providing a clear yet sophisticated pathway for users to identify causes of confusion in the 2016 election, discuss the big, prickly issues and get involved.

The multimedia collection of primary sources uses an engaging case-study approach that puts “stumped” election issues in historical context. The case studies tackle the entire election cycle, from the early days of the race to the frenzy of the final weeks. The result: Students can critically examine pressing civic questions such as, how democratic is the primary process? Has social media changed presidential campaigns for better or worse? When is bias in election coverage a problem?

In addition to the case studies, the EDCollection features several interactives:

  • Political Personality Quiz: Discover if you are an election avoider, election fanatic or somewhere in between.
  • Predict the Election: Vote for the candidate you think will win this year’s election, and see how you stack up against popular opinion.
  • Candidate Match: Take this 11-question quiz from CNN Politics to identify the candidate who best matches your views on current issues.

Registration for NewseumED, which includes access to “Election 2016: Stumped!?,” is free and secure. The Newseum will host its seventh annual Fall Teacher Open House on Oct.1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., which will highlight its free resources for educators through classes, tours and workshops. Admission is free. Educators and tour operators who register in advance will be entered into a drawing for a $250 certificate to The Source, Wolfgang Puck’s famous restaurant adjacent to the Newseum.

“Election 2016: Stumped!?” is made possible with generous support by the American Association of University Women.

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