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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.
Students comprehend the purpose, function, origin, and historical development of the electoral college. They evaluate issues of fairness and representation in the electoral process, both individually and through group discussion. Students develop information skills by researching demographic and political information about states and congressional districts.
Students use the internet and linked sites to explore current voting methods in their community. They research suggestions that have been made for changes and interview people who made these suggestions (when possible). Students suggest other changes and present their suggestions to the class.
Students review the notes they took for "The Little Prince". After identifying the instances of responsibility in the text, they discuss them with others in English. As a class, they watch parts of "Children of Heaven" and write down their predictions for the rest of the film. To end the lesson, they compare their predictions with a partner using their communication skills.