ERIC Number: ED193161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Speak Out (K-8) [and] Election '80.
Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.
These two teaching guides contain step-by-step procedures for an election education program in which all Illinois school children vote for and elect a State animal. The program, mandated by the Illinois State Legislature, is intended to provide students with the unique opportunity to learn about the entire election process through actual voting experience. The two guides--"Speak Out" for elementary teachers and "Election '80" for secondary teachers--include background information for the teachers, procedures for conducting the election, classroom activities for students, and materials simulating actual forms necessary for conducting an election. The guides recommend that the election activity be conducted on the day of the General Election, November 4. The candidates for State animal are limited to the following: raccoon, fox squirrel, white-tailed deer, opossum, and two other animals nominated by the Illinois State Museum. Students learn about the candidates through readings and campaign speeches. Students learn about voter qualifications, absentee voting, and voting procedures. They register to vote, put out a notice of election, and serve as judges of elections and as pollwatchers. Other activities in which students are involved include classroom discussions, crossword puzzles, and interviews with adults to learn why they think voting is important. Although written specifically for use in Illinois, the guides can easily be used by teachers in other states. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.