ERIC Number: EJ904803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Grab 'em while They're Young: (Before They become Disillusioned and Cynical)!
Social Education, v74 n4 p191-198 Sep 2010
In the pre-Internet world of 1992, a new organization called Project Vote Smart used the highest technology available--a toll-free Voter's Research Hotline--to help voters get the facts about candidates and elected officials. Designed to give voters the tools they needed to "Vote Smart," the Hotline connected voters with questions to 50 student interns and volunteers at Oregon State University who could give them answers almost 24 hours a day. Funded entirely by foundation grants and individual contributions, Vote Smart takes no position on any issue and doesn't support or oppose any party or candidates. But not until now, after 18 years of award-winning programs to help citizens vote smart, has Project Vote Smart been able to focus on catching the attention of future smart voters, before they become cynical, frustrated and fed up with civic and political life, and disillusioned by the actions of political leaders and government. Through a collaboration between Vote Smart, the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, and award-winning civics teachers, curriculum materials for 4th-12th grade teachers and students are now available. To dispel any doubts about the versatility and adaptability of the Vote Smart website, and to facilitate the efforts of the classroom teachers, Vote Smart has developed sets of four lessons for each of the following levels: elementary school with an emphasis on grades 4 and 5, middle school grades 6, 7, and 8, and high school. Each lesson plan begins with "Essential Questions" followed by "Learning Objectives." Correlations have been made for each lesson to the "National Standards for Civics and Government." This article presents lessons and handouts for elementary, middle school and high school.
Descriptors: Recognition (Achievement), National Standards, Civics, Grade 6, Grade 4, Grade 12, Teachers, Grants, Universities, Web Sites, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, High Schools, College Students, Telecommunications, Technology, Public Officials
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; High Schools; Middle Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Oregon