Election Resources



With the presidential election a few short weeks away, it’s the perfect time to incorporate informational texts on elections and candidates.  It’s something kids don’t read often and should work well with a close reading approach and text dependent questions.  So I thought this would be the perfect time to demonstrate the election-themed resources that are available from Classroom in the Middle.  I’ll start with my FREEBIE!

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Winning the Vote is an informational text article with everything needed for a full three readings. In addition to the full-page non-fiction article, there are text dependent questions and additional activities specific to each reading. Here is what is included – ready to use to cover all of the steps of close reading:

For the First Reading
Text Dependent Questions (TDQs)
Main idea and Supporting Details – Graphic Organizer

For the Second Reading
Text Dependent Questions (TDQs)
Vocabulary Graphic Organizer
Text Structure Graphic Organizer

For the Third Reading
Text Dependent Questions (TDQs)
Writing Prompt
The article and the TDQs are arranged in a landscape, two-column format so that they can be folded to fit easily into student’s notebooks.  Here you can see sample pages – the article, and the questions and graphic organizer for the first reading.



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Close reading - elections


Election Mania is a set of four close reading articles, each with a similar format and follow-up resources to Winning the Vote.  The four articles, written for middle grade students, are:

1. Make It or Break It Primaries
2. Love Those Campaign Buttons
3. The Best Voting Machines?
4. One Day on the Campaign Trail


Close Reading - Hillary Clinton Tackles the Issues

Hillary Clinton Tackles the Issues is a single article, with all of the resources.  It is about Clinton’s career in public service, leading up to the presidential election, and includes  includes sections about her work on health care, women’s rights, war and peace, and for veterans and first responders.


Click on the cover image of either resource to see preview pages.


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2016-election-in-language-arts   Women Who Ran for President - Informational Text

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