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Making Civics Real: A Workshop for Teachers

Electoral Politics

This program shows the conclusion of a 12-week civic engagement unit developed by the national Student Voices program. José Velazquez's 12th-grade students at University High School in New Jersey divide into small groups to brainstorm and research community issues, prioritize the issues on the basis of what they have learned, present their findings to the class both orally and through a visual presentation, and develop a whole-class consensus on a youth agenda that they present to the mayoral candidates in a televised question-and-answer forum. The methodologies highlighted in this lesson include issue identification and consensus building.

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Electoral Politics — Quiz

Take this quiz to test your knowledge about the topics discussed in this workshop.

Has voter turnout for the population of 18-24 year olds changed since 1972 when 18 year olds were given the right to vote?

Which of the following reasons was most often given by registered voters for not voting in the 2000 presidential election?

How do the registration to vote and actual voting percentages for the 18-24 and the 65-74 age groups compare?

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Making Civics Real: A Workshop for Teachers


Produced by State of the Art, Inc., in collaboration with the National Council for the Social Studies and the Center for Civic Education. 2003.
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  • ISBN: 1-57680-679-0