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Explore the discrepancies in Florida's vote counting process in 2000 and 2002 with this New York Times reading lesson. Middle schoolers study the viewpoints presented in informational text, paying attention to how word choice can formulate each argument. They then present their findings on a master timeline that synthesizes the important voting issues of today.
Literacy tests, poll taxes, grandfather laws? Scholars study the systematic ways African-Americans were kept from voting even after it was made a law. They analyze a series of primary source documents, complete a worksheet, and engaged in a class discussion. Tip: This would be a good lesson to use with a role-play activity.
Compare the rights and responsibilities of a juvenile inmate with those of free U.S. citizens. Learners examine Jordan's rights at the Calhoun County Juvenile Home and respond by indicating which ones they understand and which they don't. Then, the class looks at U.S. citizen rights and responsibilities and respond to a writing prompt comparing them to Jordan's rights. Note this worksheet labels jury duty as a right, when many sources would argue it is a responsibility. This could start some good discussion as an introduction to basic human rights. This is part of a larger legal unit focusing on four case studies.
Students improve their essay writing skills using the subject of voting as a topic. In this writing essays lesson, students write expository essays to increase the weight of their vote in the 'Cast Your Vote Poll' for the Trans-Amazon Expedition website. Students complete the worksheet about the importance of the position and vote. Students complete a chart and then write the essay.