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Citizens, Not Spectators 

Citizens, Not Spectators is a voter education program designed to increase the voting rate among young Americans by providing engaging voter education to students in grades 4-12. The curriculum demystifies the voting process by teaching elementary, middle, and high school students how to cast a vote, how the voting process works, how to become an informed voter, and why it is important to cast an informed vote. The curriculum focuses on hands-on, active learning. Using actual voter registration forms and ballots, students receive instruction in how to register and cast a vote in a simulated election. Citizens, Not Spectators can be taught at any time, but is most effective when the course culminates around the time of an actual federal, state, or local election. Citizens, Not Spectators is a partnership between the Center for Civic Education and the Arsalyn Program of Ludwick Family Foundation.

Visit us Citizens, Not Spectators online at http://www.civiced.org/programs/citizens

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Lesson 1: Becoming a Voter (Elem, Spring 3-Day)
In this lesson, students apply their state’s requirements for registering to vote. Students learn when and how to register, how to complete a voter...
Lesson 2: Where Do the Candidates Stand? (HS)
  • Social Studies
  • High School
This lesson allows students to explore where the presidential candidates stand on issues that are important to them. It also allows them to...
Lesson 4: In-class Simulated Election (HS)
  • Social Studies
  • High School
This lesson helps students understand the setup of a polling place and the role poll workers serve at these sites. Based on the research and work...
Lesson 1: Becoming a Voter (High School Fall)
  • Social Studies
  • High School
In this lesson, students apply their state’s requirements for registering to vote. Students learn when and how to register, how to complete a voter...
Lesson 3a: The Culminating Activity (HS Fall)
  • Social Studies
  • High School
Lesson 3a offers instructions for an in-class simulated election for voting on an official election ballot. In this lesson, students apply what they...
Lesson 3b: The Culminating Activity (HS Fall)
  • Social Studies
  • High School
Lesson 3b offers instructions for an in-class simulated election for voting on a student-created initiatives ballot. In this lesson, students apply...
Lesson 1: Becoming a Voter  (MS Fall)
  • Civics and Government
  • Middle School
In this lesson, students apply their state’s voter registration requirements. Students learn when and how to register, how to complete a voter...
Lesson 2b: What Is A Good Rule? (MS Fall)
  • Civics and Government
  • Middle School
This lesson offers students the opportunity to take the role of voters with special interests. Students draw up initiatives for new school or...
Lesson 3a: The Culminating Activity (MS Fall)
  • Civics and Government
  • Middle School
Lesson 3a offers instructions for an in-class simulated election for voting on an official election ballot. In this lesson, students apply what they...
Lesson 3b: The Culminating Activity (MS Fall)
  • Civics and Government
  • Middle School
Lesson 3b offers instructions for an in-class simulated election for voting on a student-created initiatives ballot. In this lesson, students apply...