Students & the Presidential Election

Published: Aug 20, 2020
Contributor: Steve Posner

License: CC BY NC SA 4.0 license – Allows revisions and additions but forbids commercial use.

◆ NewsFacts & Analysis ( is an educational nonpartisan news site that we can assign to our students as homework to help keep them informed about unfolding events and motivated to vote in November. The upcoming presidential election will be historic, which is why I am using the resource in courses where the news is not part of my usual syllabus.
◆ The site provides short assignments that are automatically graded. There’s no need for additional prep time. The biweekly lessons, which will continue after the election, take less than 15 minutes to complete. They include a News Feature, Quiz, Discussion Board, and a Student Opinion Poll. There is also a Vote! page that facilitates student registration and absentee ballot requests.

Two articles are online for your review:
✓ Feature: The U.S. response to the virus, placed in the context of America’s historic role as an international leader.
✓ Archives: The delegation of primary pandemic responsibility to governors, framed by the history of the states’ rights argument cited as the rationale.
Future pieces will cover campaign topics and other news, including a report about ballot access, set against the history of voter suppression to ensure that students do not succumb to it.

Here are the student login credentials for one of my courses so you can assess its value:
► NewsFacts & Analysis:
► Username:
► Password: newspass
☞ ☞ You can quickly scroll down to the Discussion Board posts at the end of the articles to see why I think your students will benefit from the assignments. Hope this helps.

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