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CIVICS REAL, RELEVANT, and happening RIGHT NOW Lindsay Pryor Elections Division firstname.lastname@example.org (360) 902-4143
Civics CBA: as easy as ABC Beginning with the 2008-09 school year, school districts will require students in grades 4 or 5, 7 or 8, and 11 or 12 to each complete at least one CBA in civics. 1.Checks & Balances 2.Constitutional Issues
There is a GAP between civics education and civic participation.
Three tools to bridge the gap: 1.Election topics for discussion 2.Classroom activities 3.Civics outside the classroom
Civics Value Menu Discussion Explore the issues Activity Make it real CBA Tie it in with: Checks & Balances Constitutional Issues
What do young people think about voting and elections? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjHizy9vRik Clip from 18 in 08 by David Burstein www.18in08.com
Classroom Discussions What to do: 1.Make it real 2.Make it relevant 3.Make it regular 4.Make it fair 5.Make it count
Classroom Discussions What NOT to do: 1.Dont allow personal attacks 2.Dont debate beliefs or opinions 3.Dont favor candidates or issues 4.Dont join in the conversation
Classroom Activities 1.Schedule mock events to coincide with real events 2.Assign tasks that impact the community 3.Have fun, be creative 4.Talk to experienced election-ers 5.Make it a CBA!
Common Steps for a CBA 1.Essential Question 2.Key Concepts and Vocabulary 3.Inquiry (research) 4.Group process and discussion 5.Position (writing) 6.Presentation
Goals to bridge the gap Ask, does this help my students understand…? 1.Votings positive influence 2.How their voices can be heard 3.Where to get the facts 4.How to make an intelligent decision 5.The voter registration process 6.The elections process