Election Voting Turnout, Requirements, Comparison, & Behavior Activity 6-Pack

Election Voting Turnout, Requirements, Comparison, & Behavior Activity 6-Pack
Election Voting Turnout, Requirements, Comparison, & Behavior Activity 6-Pack
Election Voting Turnout, Requirements, Comparison, & Behavior Activity 6-Pack
Election Voting Turnout, Requirements, Comparison, & Behavior Activity 6-Pack
Election Voting Turnout, Requirements, Comparison, & Behavior Activity 6-Pack
Election Voting Turnout, Requirements, Comparison, & Behavior Activity 6-Pack
Election Voting Turnout, Requirements, Comparison, & Behavior Activity 6-Pack
Election Voting Turnout, Requirements, Comparison, & Behavior Activity 6-Pack
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Build strong voter literacy in your students with this collaborative, interactive activity 6-pack. Each stand-alone lesson works great as a once-a-week lead up to the November election or as no-prep sub plans to have on hand for your American Government / Civics classroom.

By the end of these activities, your students will be able to:
- Compare elections around the world through analyzing photos
- Calculate when voting rights were expanded to various groups by constructing a timeline
- Research voting requirements in your state
- Analyze the problem of low voter turnout
- Rank the importance of various issues in this upcoming election
- Hear various quotes from others on what being a good citizen is
- Capture learning through an on-going, deepening definition of “voting”

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Greatness is honoring and desiring to be a contributing member of one’s representative democracy.

Nothing is more real, more current, or more urgent than preparing your students to be citizens in the current election, regardless if they are 18 or not, regardless if it is a big election year or not.

Multiple studies have proven that when teenagers participate in voting, even a mock election, they are more likely to vote as adults; additionally, their parents have a higher voter turnout in that year's election. Be the cause of this highest form of civic engagement!

This year, let’s leave the way-out-of-date government textbook behind and take students straight to the front-page news of today with primary sources, news articles and editorials, data graphs, and official campaign websites to answer the question, "What is voting in America?"

Included in this Activity 6-Pack:

Overview
- At-A-Glance sheet and 2 pages of detailed daily lesson plans for you
- Conceptual note-taking sheet for your students

6 Stand-Alone Activities:
- Timeline Match-Up: work in teams to determine when groups of Americans received the right to vote
- Citizen Quote Speed Dating: mingle around hearing a wide variety of wise words on what being a citizen means
- Important Issues Rank: work in pairs to decide what issues are most important this election and compare them to a Pew Research Center survey
- Voter Turnout Graphs: study and peer-teach various data graphs that explore the complex issue of low voter turnout in U.S. elections
- Voting Requirements: work in teams to uncover all the laws regarding how to vote in your county and state
- Voting Around the World: examine and compare election day photos and voting laws from other nations

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Tips from my Classroom
I conduct this series interspersed with the larger activities in my Voting & Mock Election PBL Unit to break up the routine of individual research and less formal collaborative group work. Other teachers have used these activities as a stand-alone series in the weeks or days leading up to the November election each fall.

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Note to Homeschoolers

Though the included teacher lesson plans are written to fully support a traditional classroom teacher, this resource is also a great fit for your teenage homeschooler:

- the inquiry, thematic structure of this lesson series is driven more by critical thinking, reading, and writing skills and a central high-interest question than any one set of state-specific, grade-specific content standards
- a wide age and ability range can easily access the rich variety of sources utilized in this unit, making it perfect for a multi-grade group
- your student’s voice is central to each activity, through talking out their learning, maximizing the one-on-one
- activities can be completed independently and aren’t solely reliant on group or whole-class work
- all utilized sources are free and easily obtainable; either included or accessible online (links provided)
- these activities are independent of a textbook, though one could be used for greater background knowledge
- any activity can easily be left out to customize for your student’s skill level or personal interest

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Want more Voting & Election?
Ballot Measure Initiative Research PBL Mini Unit
Party Platform & Candidate Research PBL Mini Unit
FULL Voting & Mock Election PBL Unit

Want more American Government / Civics resources?
3 Branches Unit contrast how the federal government works in theory and in practice
Judicial Branch & Bill of Rights Unit determine exactly how our rights translates into daily American life
Citizenship Test & Op-Ed Project make citizens out of your students with this semester-long project
Political Service Project make community members out of your students with this semester-long project
Constitutional Issues Research Paper Project end with a highly-scaffolded, college-ready research paper

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American Government / Civics MEGA Bundle get the whole course at once!
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25 pages + 15 PPT slides
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