Take advantage of the news reports regarding the Iowa caucuses to share the stories of American presidential campaign history with young people. Discover which candidate was elected unanimously, which race gave birth to “mudslinging,” whose idea it was to court celebrities for presidential endorsements, and MORE in “Persuading the People: Presidential Campaigns” on the NCBLA’s civic education website OurWhiteHouse.org. Discussion questions and activity suggestions are included at the end of the article.
The NCBLA’s anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out builds on the logical links between literacy, historical literacy, and civic engagement, with the ultimate goal of encouraging 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.
Find Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out at a library or bookstore near you!