From News Coverage to Political Advertising

From the Series Inside Elections

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

The frenzied news coverage during a political election is unstoppable. Political ads also bombard you from every source—websites, TV, radio, and print. Then there are the memes, links, and video clips that show up through social media. Are these just annoyances, or do media messages actually shape an election’s outcome? News outlets, campaign staff, and even members of the public use many forms of media for different purposes: to explain candidates’ platforms, to explore issues, to expose controversy, and more. Some messages are biased, while others try to be balanced. Examine opposing viewpoints on some of the key issues involving media’s role and consider for yourself what power media has to influence the election process.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Social Studies
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2015-08-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF043000, JNF052000, JNF060000
Dewey 324.7'30973
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1150
ATOS Reading Level 7.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 178595
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Reviewed, Sidebars, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Sandy Donovan

Sandy Donovan has written many nonfiction books for young readers.

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Inside Elections

What’s going on behind the scenes during an election? Readers will explore the inner workings of our political system from a critical thinking perspective. Each book examines key factors that affect the outcome of an election, such as campaign funding, media coverage, the influence View available downloads →



“[T]he series promises to offer honest and unbiased explanations of ‘common knowledge’ that is not necessarily as common as thought. . . . [P]atrons who need a quick overview of elections facts will find them helpful.”—VOYA


“In a society where one flubbed line can become a meme overnight, critical thinking is key, and Donovan excels at supplying the tools. Get this to kids right away—preferably before Super Tuesday.”—Booklist

School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

“They are rich with information about all aspects of the election process, going beyond a traditional discussion of the electoral college process. . . . Timely additions on an important subject.”—School Library Journal, Series Made Simple