Midterm Election 2018
Essential Questions: Why should I vote? How valuable is modern polling when it comes to predicting election results? What are the limits of each political poll?
Learning Target: Students will be able to make an informed prediction on the 2018 election results.
Introduction: In the age of low voter turnout, fake news, foreign propaganda machines, and extreme partisan divide we should return to the first three words of the U.S. Constitution, "We the People." The United States of American is built on the idea that the people choose their leaders. The people choose their government. Ultimately, the people choose the course of American history. And one of the many ways that U.S. citizens can shape that course is through voting.
The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States.
This does not mean choosing the direction of our country is easy. In fact it is very complicated and confusing. This lesson students will be able to explore the foundations of our power as laid out by the U.S. Constitution, understand some of the complicated aspects of modern political polling, and make their own predictions on the 2018 Midterm Election.
Your 2018 Midterm Election Predictions
- Polling & Elections by Karen Owens
- Thought and Research Questions - Login using your district email and network password.
We Gave Four Good Pollsters the Same Raw Data. They Had Four Different Results. - The New York Times
- The Polls Are All Wrong. A Startup Called Civis Is Our Best Hope to Fix Them - WIRED
- The Rich White Civil War by David Brooks - The New York Times
- 6 Types of Misinformation to Beware Of On Election Day - The New York Times