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The Change Agent's Democracy In Action issue is full of engaging articles and activities relevant to voting and elections for the ABE/ESOL classroom. Download it here! (PDF)
Some examples of the articles are:
- Do You Vote? Writings by adult learners, pp. 8-9
- Let’s Get Out the Adult Education Vote! Strategies for teachers and programs, pp. 28-29
- History of Voting. An engaging and informative classroom activity, pp. 30-32
- Is Voting a Right for Every Citizen? A discussion of voting rights in the contemporary context, pp. 34-36
- Voting: My Obligation to Past, Present, and Future. A Native American adult learner’s view on voting, p. 37
- What Difference Does It make? Rationale for voting, p. 51
- Politicalese: Spotting Election Campaign Tactics. Includes a matching activity, pp. 52-53
- Using the Media to Analyze Political News, p. 55
- How Do We Elect the President. Civics 101 lesson, pp. 58-60
- Referendums: A Form of Direct Democracy. Another Civics 101 lesson, p. 63-64
- What is a Caucus? Another Civics 101 lesson, p. 65
- A Simulated Town Meeting: An Experience in Democracy. Instructions for a role play, pp. 72-73
- Howard Zinn on Democracy Requires Action, Organization, and Risk, p. 66
Be sure to check out all the issue extras as well:
- Do You Vote? What are
Your Responsiblities? - New with
- “Emma Goldman’s Perspective on Women’s Right to Vote” includes additional discussion questions and could be read in conjunction with “What Were They Thinking?” on p. 32. (PDF)
- “History of Voting Rights: Drawing, Role-Playing, Debating” by Diana Satin supplements pp. 30-32. (PDF)
- “History of Voting Rights Activity” developed by the Community Leaders Program at the Literacy Project in Greenfield, MA, gets people up and moving around as they learn more about who had the right to vote at what point in history. Supplements pp. 30-32. (PDF)
- “The Right to Vote in the United States” is a timeline for students that charts the changes in voting rights over time in the U.S. (Also included: a version of the timeline with facilitator’s notes.) This timeline accompanies the “History of Voting Rights Activity” (listed above), developed by the Community Leaders Program at the Literacy Project in Greenfield, MA. Supplements pp. 30-32.(PDF)
- “Keep the Voting Age 18” by Chris Demers supplements “Why We Should Lower the Voting Age” by Seth Anthony on p. 33. (PDF)
- Related to “Election Reform” on p. 42, this short piece by Cara Anaam (called “The Debate over Voter Identification”) covers the recent Supreme Court debate about whether Indiana’s practice of requiring voter identification should stand. (PDF)
- “Methods of Taxation, Tax Breaks, and Their Effects on Services” by Diana Satin is an in-depth lesson plan that supplements pp 10 and 54.
- These Teacher Notes accompany “A Simulated Town Meeting: An Experience in Democracy” by Pat Nelson on p. 72.(PDF)
- Explore the meaning of democracy by using this lesson plan, “Elections in Different Countries” by Diana Satin.(PDF)
- Analyzing Iowa Voter Turnout (Word doc)
- Analyzing New Hampshire Voter Turnout (Word doc)
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