Deliberation Materials: Compulsory Voting (Middle School Level)

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06/25/2020

Should voting be compulsory in the United States? This activity includes a deliberation reading and glossary, as well as accompanying handouts to give students additional information on the topic and to guide them through the deliberation process from planning to reflection.  

Deliberation teaches people how to discuss controversial issues by carefully considering multiple perspectives and searching for consensus. In preparation for deliberations, all participants read common, balanced background information on the issue. During the discourse, they offer arguments for each position on a contested public issue, first drawing from the text and then bringing in their own experiences. 

Note: This is a middle school-level resource (reading level grade 7.5-9). A high school-level version (reading level grade 10) is also available. 


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  • This deliberation was developed with financial support from the Longview Foundation.

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