The 2020 Election and Beyond: Resources for ELLs

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Find resources for teaching and discussing the 2020 election and subsequent events with your English language learners (ELLs) in the resource list below, as well as resources focused on media literacy.

These resources about the 2020 Election and subsequent events, including the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, include educational resources you can use in the classroom and tips for discussion with English language learners (ELLs) and immigrants.

Special thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for maintaining great resource lists and archives on these topics.

Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol: Resources for Educators

This page includes classroom resources about the events of January 6, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol.

Discussing political violence with ELLs, immigrants, and refugees

See our resources on discussing political violence and unrest with ELLs, immigrants and refugees in our related article, as well as the tips below.

Students may have deep personal feelings about the outcomes of the 2020 election for a number of reasons.

Some of these reasons include the following:

  • ELL and immigrant students may have felt the impacts of changing immigration policies in recent years, directly or indirectly.
  • They may also have experienced bullying or harassment due to a number of factors, including their ethnicity, language, or religion.
  • Many immigrant families have also been particularly vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic and students may be shouldering heavy levels of responsibility at home.
  • Students may also be concerned about retribution against themselves based on the outcome of the election.

See additional tips and resources for discussing the 2020 election with student below.

Lesson plans and articles

Looking Back at Jan. 6, 2021

Teaching the events of Jan. 6, 2021

In addition to these resources, learn how other educators are managing this moment through your local networks or online networks.

Resource lists

Student opinion

About the U.S. Capitol

Responding to trauma

Resources for families

Talking about tough topics in the news

Resources in Spanish

Related resources

Classroom Resources: Media Literacy

Media Literacy

Archived events

Articles & blog posts

Classroom Resources: Election 2020

After the Election

Immigration stories and topics

Election Week: Waiting for Results

Preparing for the 2020 Election

Multimedia: 2020 Election & Civics Resources for Students

Resources for ELLs

Spanish-Language Election Information

Useful Resources from Prior Elections

Books & Authors

My America: Many Voices, Many Stories

These books celebrate a diverse range of American voices and experiences, including voting in an election, immigrating to this country, and the journey to becoming a U.S. citizen.

Featured Video: Janet Wong reads "Liberty"

Poet Janet Wong reads and discusses her poem "Liberty", which is featured in Poems to Learn by Heart.

Book and Activity Guides

More booklists

Reading Rockets offers the following great booklists about elections, government, and U.S. presidents:



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