Voter Education 2020: I am a citizen; how do I vote?
This curriculum contains five classroom lessons for adult English language learners, adult basic education, and citizenship classes that are based on stories for students to read, using a ‘real-life’ approach to learning. Follow Hawa, Fatima, Carlos, William, Nhong, Mai and Tran as they register to vote, learn about the candidates and issues, make choices, and finally cast their vote in the 2018 election.
In these lessons, students develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and critical thinking while they learn about a significant facet of life in the United States – voting and elections. All lessons include an original story, related vocabulary, a worksheet with questions for discussion, an activity, and relevant information for the instructor. Each lesson takes 15-25 minutes, depending upon discussion time.
Listen to audio versions of the stories, and download the stories, discussion questions, and teacher instruction below.
Written as a contribution to democracy and education by Meredith Sommers
ESL/English Language Teacher and Citizenship Teacher
Information for the five lessons is from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office and the League of Women Voters.