Examine Your State Government's Demographics

This Examine Your State Government's Demographics lesson plan also includes:

How is your state government organized? How many elected officials are women? What is the mean age of your state representatives? Young scholars answer these questions in a research project before creating a chart to reflect their responses.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the resource when discussing an upcoming local election
  • Extend the activity by having class members focus on one branch of state government, or comparing the demographics of their state government to the federal government
Classroom Considerations

  • Demographics are updated through 2007; have learners find current numbers
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros

  • Brings a real-world focus to a government lesson that may feel abstract to some members of the class
Cons

  • None