This lesson attempts to teach why voting is important, a little about the history of elections, and most importantly, how to wisely get information in order to cast an informed vote. I have listed sources of information that are nonpartisan and discussed peer reviewed publications as well as the bias of an information source. It can be presented with a projector as a kind of powerpoint, or printed on transparencies for presentation that way. It is PDF so it probably will not automatically advance as slides as it would in PPT. I have it posted online as well and it can be accessed at the following link: http://snack.to/buklg3mh. (Copy & paste the preceding link into your browser address bar.)
It is appropriate for high school students, college students, and adults. Civics classes in 7th and 8th grade probably could also benefit from it. I am offering it for free because of my sincere desire to help America's voters become more informed and able to make intelligent decisions when electing leaders. Please feel free to share it as desired with your teaching colleagues, as well as your churches and civic organizations who might benefit from it.