Why Don't People Vote? Root Cause Analysis and Decision Making

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If you're reading this description, you probably teach kids about the importance of voting. Every student hears this message in school- so why DON'T people vote as an adult?

In this thinkLaw lesson students spend time conducting a root cause analysis for the problem of low voter turnout. Is it apathy? Are people overwhelmed? Do people feel that their votes don't matter? Have your students wrestle with these issues.

- Students determine reasons why U.S. citizens do not vote

- Students analyze those reasons to determine the heart of the issue

-Students execute a root cause analysis

- Student brainstorm ways these problems could be addressed

The best critical thinking occurs when student productively struggle over real-life issues. Real life is messy and grey and doesn't have easy answers!

Why Don't People Vote includes:

- Teacher's Guide

- PowerPoint presentation

-Student Sheets available as Word Documents AND editable PDF

Be sure to check out our other Root Cause Analysis and Decision-Making Lessons on TPT!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.
Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).
Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.
Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).


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