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
http://www.factcheck.org/
is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. Fact Check highlights discrepancies in statements made by politicians regardless of their party.

PolitiFact
http://www.politifact.com
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
http://www.c-span.org/Politics

Federal Election Commission
http://www.fec.gov

League of Women Voters
http://www.lwv.org

Project Vote Smart
http://votesmart.org

Rock the Vote
http://www.rockthevote.com

Traditional Political Party Sites:
Democratic Party
http://www.democrats.org

Green Party of the United States
http://www.gp.org/index.php

Libertarian Party
http://www.lp.org

Republican Party
http://www.gop.com/index.php