(CNN Student News) -- Each month in 2008, CNN Student News will be "Talking Democracy" by introducing an election-year topic on the show and online. From caucuses to conventions and primaries to polls, CNN Student News will be breaking down these election-year concepts for students and teachers.
Classes are invited to show what they know about the political process by submitting iReports to CNN Student News. Classes are encouraged to use original video, music, animation and other production elements to demonstrate their knowledge of each political concept. There's a list of political concepts and the months they will air below. The best iReports may appear on CNN Student News.
This Web page is your one-stop destination for Talking Democracy educational materials and iReport information. As the year unfolds, additional materials will be added to this site that address the different topics your students will learn about in the Talking Democracy series. Be sure to revisit often!
Talking Democracy Topics
January: Caucuses and Primaries
February: The Right to Vote
March: Political Parties
April: Campaign Finance
June and July: The Issues
October: What's at Stake?
November: Electoral College
• Caucuses and Primaries
• The Right to Vote
• Political Parties
• Campaign Finance
• Political Issues
• Debates Viewing Guide
• Electoral College Reform
• Predict Electoral College Votes
Talking Democracy Questions
• Delegates 101 Delegate-hunting can be a mathematical challenge, but CNN's Jill Dougherty says it adds up to American-style democracy.
• Right to Vote CNN Student News explores the right to vote, and an iReporting classroom chimes in with reasons to exercise it.
• Political Parties 101 Discover some of the differences between the Democratic and Republican parties.
• Campaign Finance 101 Check out some of the rules concerning cash for presidential campaigns.
• Polling 101 Discover why a random sampling is an important aspect of an opinion poll.
• Conventions 101 CNN Student News takes you behind the scenes of the national political conventions.
• Debates 101 The candidates face off as CNN Student News provides the background and backdrop for presidential debates.
• Electoral College 101 CNN Student News' Carl Azuz gives us the 411 on the Electoral College
Why delegates matter in the presidential race Click through this interactive for an explanation of the different types of delegates and how they are chosen in the nomination process for the Democratic and Republican parties.
Electoral Map Calculator Use this Electoral College map to examine how the presidential candidates may fare in November's election, based on analysis from the CNN Political Unit. Then call the race yourself! Click on a state, choose a winner, and watch the electoral votes add up.
Cable in the Classroom's eLECTIONS campaign simulation Make all the decisions for a virtual run for the U.S. presidency, allocating budget, selecting key issues, choosing where to campaign, and responding to the opponent's moves and other external events.
Debate Quiz How much do you know about debate history? These questions will test your knowledge and include video of some memorable moments in presidential debate history.
Students can demonstrate their understanding of election-related topics by sending in their own Talking Democracy iReports. Click here for information on how to send in iReports.
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