Critical thinking skills are essential to both learning and growth. Both readiness for college and work force requires that students be able to "gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and report on information and ideas" to both answer questions and solve problems, and analyze both print and digital content.

Essential Questions::
  • When positions are presented, are there events or actions that are left out of the conversation?
  • What affiliations and attitudes does a particular person or party have?
  • What are others saying about this political entity?
  • What questions do you still have about the issues?
  • Do you need to do further research?
  • How do visual elements (photos, videos, etc.) change your perception of the event?

Here are some links to online web resources to examine and review both the candidates and issues concerning the election.

Fact-Checking Sites:
Fact Check
is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. Fact Check highlights discrepancies in statements made by politicians regardless of their party.

This website examines both issues and statements made by politicians. It rates the claims and explains how the conclusions are reached.

Information Sources:
CSPAN Campaign 2012

Federal Election Commission

League of Women Voters

Project Vote Smart

Rock the Vote

Traditional Political Party Sites:
Democratic Party

Green Party of the United States

Libertarian Party

Republican Party