Monday, October 22, 2012

Contemporary History: Presidential Campaign 2012

The Final Presidential Debate Is TONIGHT
Watch the Debate with Your Kids!

 Inspire your kids’ and teens’ interest in the presidential campaign and election and schedule time to watch the final presidential debate together! 

President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney at the October 4 debate.
Photograph (c) USA Today.

For helpful tips on assisting kids in understanding the debate and how you can help them sort through the rhetoric, read the article "Presidential Debates: Watch the Debates with Your Kids and Teens!" available free on the NCBLA's extensive American history and civic education website

In this election year, the NCBLA has created the Race to the Ballot: Presidential Campaign and Election Kit to help all adults who live and work with young people engage with our kids in informed discussions about the presidential campaigns and election, teach them to think critically, and energize them to learn more about the political process in America. 
This Kit includes:
  • Exclusive articles regarding such topics as presidential job requirements, the history of presidential campaigns, and the evolution of voting rights.
  • Activities to use with young people in the classroom or at home.
  • Discussion questions you can share during class, around the dinner table, and at a Scout or club meeting.

The anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out and its coordinating educational website provide the perfect springboard for engaging youngsters in the discussion of current events, history, and the importance of the democratic vote in America. Our White House was created by the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance as a collaborative effort by over one hundred award-winning authors and illustrators to encourage young people to read more about America’s rich history and culture; to think more about America’s future; to talk more about our nation’s leadership; and to act on their own beliefs and convictions, ensuring this great democratic experiment will survive and thrive.
Our White House is available
in both hardcover and paperback from Candlewick Press.
Ask for it a library or bookstore near you!