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The Results are In! Examining Our First Vote Election

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The 2016 election is over, and now it's time to dig in to some data! An activity revolves around data gathered from the First Vote Project in North Carolina wherein thousands of students voted. After diving in to the data using provided discussion prompts, analysts create infographics or write op-ed pieces about the results. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Expand by comparing with results from a similar student voting project from Washington State (find by googling Washington student election results)
Classroom Considerations
  • The data that is the subject of the activity is from a student voting project from North Carolina and so will be particularly relevant for North Carolinians
  • Still relevant for classes anywhere interested in the 2016 election, data analysis, and youth voting
  • Some of the options for expansion and discussion questions hinge on the completion of other lessons from Carolina K12 or in the First Vote project itself
  • Just as the election was divisive, so might discussion of its results; cultivate respectful dialogue
  • Different options provided for the culminating activity provide a nice range of choices
  • Could have been designed in such a way to make it more accessible to those that didn't participate in the First Vote project