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Midterm Elections

What are they? What’s at stake?

Midterm elections get decidedly less attention than the presidential elections, but they still determine many important factors about our government. This 12-page Change Agent “extra” explains everything you need to know about midterm elections; showcases historical data about voter turnout; charts the ways that the House, Senate and executive branch have split power between the two major parties; provides interesting graphics, slogans, vocabulary, and activities – all of which will help you engage students in content that is personally (and politically!) relevant!

Most importantly for the adult education community, Art Ellison, Policy Committee Chair of the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education, writes about what is at stake for the adult education in the election.

Download it here! (PDF)


Find more excellent lesson plans, student essays, and engaging election-related activities in our 2008 special issue, "Democracy in Action." Available for free online. Simply register with us and enjoy access to all our online content.

If you are thinking about how to invite students into a conversation about civic participation that includes voting but goes beyond it as well, this issue of The Change Agent is for you. You’ll find lessons that evoke deep thinking about the meaning of democracy and the multiple ways adults participate in public life.

The 2008 special issue of The Change Agent, “Democracy in Action,” is also available for a small cost in hard copy. (A single copy costs $5. Buy 25 or more and pay just $1.50 per copy. Includes shipping.) Order page

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