• Civic Engagement

Toolkit - High School Voters Education Weeks

Updated: Apr 11, 2019


(SAN JOSE, CA) - The California Education Code designates the last two full weeks in April and September to be High School Voter Education Weeks.


This provides an opportunity for high schools and their students to partner with county elections officials to promote civic education and participation on campus and foster an environment that cultivates lifelong voters and active citizens.


We have assembled a list of resources to help educators promote this important observance. The resources we have gathered are inclusive and can work with many student groups. Please bookmark this page. We will update the page regularly as we gather more content.


General Information

How to Pick a Political Party

The League of Women Voters has gathered information about the statements and top priorities of the American Independent, Democratic, Green, Libertarian, Peace and Freedom, and Republican and discusses selecting "No Party Preference."

Register and Pre-register to vote

The State of California provides voter registration materials online in the following languages: Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai and, Vietnamese.


Online Lesson Plans & Resources

What Responsibilities Accompany Our Rights?

Grade Level 3-5 & 6-8

From Teaching Tolerance, this lesson looks at an important question students will face as citizens: What responsibilities accompany our basic rights?

The New Deciders

Grade Level 6-8 & 9-12

From Teaching Tolerance, “The New Deciders” examines the influence of voters from four demographic groups—black millennials, Arab Americans, Latino Evangelicals and Asian Americans. Viewers will meet political hopefuls, community leaders, activists and church members from Orange County, California, Cleveland, Ohio, Greensboro, North Carolina and Orlando, Florida, all of whom have the opportunity to move the political needle, locally and nationally.

Lesson Plan: Political Party Platforms –Beyond the Sound Bites

A project of KQED Learning. Allow your students to analyze how Democrats and Republicans view major election issues.

Media Literacy, Voting Rights, and More (iCivics)

Grade Level 9-12

iCivics provides lessons on News literacy, local governments, and voting rights.

Voting Rights

iCivics will help students understand laws and amendments that altered US Voting laws, identify obstacles to voting, understand Susan B. Antony's role in securing women's right to vote.

Teach the Vote

Many teachers perceive teaching about voting to be too political. Especially during election season, teachers often feel more pressure to keep their classrooms as completely neutral space, worried that discussing voting might lead to students, parents, and administrators thinking that the teacher is biased in their delivery of content. It is more important now than ever for teachers to teach about voting laws and procedures and give students the resources they need to be informed voters. The good news is this can be done without showing a bias in ways that can inform, inspire, and empower students to vote.

U.S. Vote Foundation

Find useful voter information including:

  • Local Election Office and Contact Information

  • Address, Telephone and Email for Local Election Offices

  • Upcoming Federal Election Dates and Deadlines

  • Upcoming State Election Dates and Deadlines

  • Eligibility Requirements

  • Identification Requirements

  • Voter Materials Transmission Options

  • State Lookup Tools – Am I Registered? Where’s my Ballot?

Task Cards

The task card lesson below were created using Fostering Civil Discourse from Facing History and Ourselves.

BAROMETER- TAKING A STAND ON A CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE

Students can constructively discuss and share opinions on controversial topics in a guided supportive atmosphere.

BIG PAPER

Allow students to respond to questions, quotes, historical documents, and other stimuli while working in pairs and sharing in a group context.

SAVE THE LAST WORD FOR ME

Literature or video catalyzes student discourse.


PowerPoint presentation

Do you think you can vote? A brief history of America's voting rights

This bright, friendly PowerPoint reviews many barriers to voting including sharing excerpts from various literacy tests which barred voters and covers voters rights through the years.


Posters

Five myths about voting

Does the Constitution guarantee all U.S. Citizens the right to vote? Does your vote count? Find out!

One World

This colorful poster from Teaching Tolerance illustrates the John Lewis quote, "Change happens one step at a time, keep picking them up and putting them down."


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