One Kid, One Vote

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Learn about why the citizens of Washington, D.C. feel unrepresented in Congress with an article about D.C voting rights. Individuals read about the movement toward congressional representation in Washington, D.C., before answering text-based questions, and writing about their stance on the issue.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Bridge the lesson between a language arts and social studies class, using the concepts from a social studies unit on voting rights (such as the American Revolution or women's suffrage in the 19th and 20th centuries), to craft a longer persuasive essay
  • Have learners research the history of Washington, D.C. and the movement for voting rights within the district
  • Discuss the concept of senators and representatives in American government before reading, or have class members research the current representative process in other states
Classroom Considerations

  • Reading questions are based on comprehension only; consider delving deeper into the themes and concepts of the article with additional discussion points
  • Bulk up the writing prompt to be more specific 
  • Article was written in 2013; consider augmenting the lesson with a more recent article

  • Encourages students to apply what they have learned about voting rights in history to current movements for voting rights

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