Civility in Elections

This Civility in Elections unit also includes:

Should all eligible citizens be required to vote? In national elections? In state elections? In local elections? What would be the benefits of such a requirement? The potential harm? Class members consider the importance of voting, write a job description for a candidate for president of the United States, and develop a code for political civility to be followed during elections as part of a three-lesson unit.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups update the charts by researching the voting data for recent local, state, and national elections
Classroom Considerations

  • The packet includes three related lessons: "Why Does Voting Matter?" "What Issues Should Candidates Cover?" and "What is Political Civility?"
  • Statistics would need to be updated; no data is included for the percentage of eligible voters casting ballots in the 2016 presidential election
Pros

  • Each of the three lessons in the 17-page packet includes a compelling question, a bell-ringer, questions for discussion, a detailed plan, worksheets, and graphic organizers
Cons

  • Data in all three lessons is dated