There is never a more exciting time to be a history-social science teacher than during a presidential campaign. It brings government, economics, and history classes alive as students examine the issues, observe the line-up of backers for each candidate, and evaluate the influence of the media. The issues of today are rooted in the events of history. The costs and benefits of various policy options and the economic interests of groups within the society make discussion of economics more important to students. The electoral process itself, issues of government power and the varied perspectives on the nature of the “common good” are open to analysis by students as they examine the party maneuverings, the primaries, and the campaign process.

C-SPAN has developed a website to bring these issues to the classroom in a timely, and easily accessible manner. No more late night video taping for teachers, the film clips and discussion questions are here. Find all you need at the C-SPAN Classroom Election Cycle site below or just download the podcasts here

C-SPAN Classroom
Teaching and Learning During 2008 Election Cycle

Educators are invited to enroll in free membership service for ideas, information and resources for teaching U.S. government and civics with C-SPAN's television programming and web sites.

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Membership Benefits
Access to C-SPAN Classroom's fully searchable database of C-SPAN video clips. Search by keyword, speaker, or topic area for immediately usable clips of C-SPAN's primary source programming, with many available for download. New clips are added each week.

Weekly downloadable video clips devoted to the 2008 presidential election.

Educators can create their own library of video clips, rate clips, add comments and/or teaching ideas, and share them with other educators.
Classroom resources are linked to national standards in U.S. government and civics and include discussion questions, student activities, graphic organizers, worksheets, and quizzes created by fellow educators.

Periodic special offers, such as FREE DVD of sample video clips and classroom posters.
E-mail updates about C-SPAN programs and C-SPAN Classroom web resources relevant to social studies education. (For DAILY updates of C-SPAN programming, sign up for an additional service, C-SPAN Alert!).
Unrestricted taping and viewing rights on C-SPAN-produced programming for use in the classroom.

Eligibility for the Teacher Fellowship and other contests and opportunities.
Eligibility to apply for a C-SPAN Archives Grant to obtain video from the C-SPAN Archives at no cost. The Archives offers a searchable database and research assistance as well as compilation tapes of C-SPAN programs.

Access to C-SPAN Classroom's toll-free Educators' Hotline.
Call with questions about teaching with C-SPAN.

For more information, please contact Joe Gotchy
Teacher & Senior Consultant
C-SPAN Teacher Fellow