How does the education you receive affect your future?
1. Students will reflect on their own education experiences based on current events content.
2. Students will determine cause-and-effect relationships about contemporary criminal justice cases.
3. Students will analyze the relationship between education and the criminal justice system to determine their position on each issue.
After reading articles from the Election Issues: Education Text Sets, students will write their own education narrative. This activity can be modified for writers of all ages.
- Guiding Questions: How did I get here? What are my perceptions about school, including my teachers, peers? What kind of career opportunities are open to me?
Criminal Justice Activities
Updating the Civil Rights Act
After reading the Primary Sources: Civil Rights Act (1964) students will create amendments to the legislation to support contemporary issues.
- Guiding Question: How would you make this document more relevant for a student today?
Timeline: After reading an article, what events led to this story or conflict today? Students will select 2-3 events and create a timeline with cause-and-effect connections.
I believe that _____ because ____.
- Teacher Note: Students will complete this statement as a culminating reflection for each issue to inform their final election decisions.
Extended Writing or Discussion
- Guiding Question: How can you make change in your school or home community?
Use the polling questions as a pre- or post-formative assessment to gauge student interest and engagement with election issues. Share the polling links below with your students so that they can monitor their beliefs throughout the election season.