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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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Lessons 46
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  • Social Studies
  • 3-5, MS
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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
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  • 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...
  • Social Studies
  • 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...
  • Social Studies
  • 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...
  • Social Studies
  • High School
This lesson challenges students to speculate about what voting requirements are and then compare their understanding of voting requirements with the...
  • 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...
faces
  • Social Studies
  • High School
This lesson focuses on a voter’s need to be fully informed prior to casting a vote on Election Day, and how to acquire the necessary information. In...
  • Social Studies
  • High School
In this lesson, students learn how to set up a polling place in a classroom or school hallway to accommodate “Election Day” voters. Students learn...