Vermont Votes for Kids: A project of the Vermont Secretary of State
Curriculum for Grades 9 - 12, Teacher Materials for Lesson 9:
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
This lesson is in two parts. It will:
Distribute a copy of the Student Lesson VOTER REGISTRATION - I CAN REGISTER STUDENTS TOO! to each student. Note that "Activity One" requires a structured discussion at home, a written paper centering on specific questions, and a sharing of this paper with the class. You will need to plan how long students will have for the discussion and writing assignment and the method for the sharing in class that follows the assignment.
Give each student a copy of the "Issue List" below on a separate sheet of paper by the "copy and paste" method. They will need this handout for "Activity One and Two" below.
Go to http://vermont-elections.org/elections1/2001voterapp.doc, and you will download an Application for Addition to the Checklist. Print numerous copies of this form for each team or contact your Town Clerk for a supply of the Applications.
Form students into campaign teams. Each student or team should choose one campaign method to promote voter registration. Each of the various methods will require a different number of team members but keep team sizes small enough to maximize involvement by each team member. Not every team can use the same method.
Decide whether you will assign this as an out-of-class project or if you will allow some time to prepare in class. Each student or team should prepare a written report of two or three pages that includes:
*You may want to require a pre-report for items "a" and "b," which outlines what plan was chosen and the steps the team is going to take for implementation. This will give you an opportunity to give early guidance and feedback.
You will need to establish a grading policy for the project and the report. You will also need to decide if the reports or parts of them are to be shared in class.
Vermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz: http://www.vermontvotesforkids.com