Deliberation Materials: Compulsory Voting (High School Level)

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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.   

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

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.

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    Deliberation_Should voting be compulsory in the U.S.?

    Posted by Frank Paprota on Feb 8th 2022

    Excellent Deliberation. Really got the students thinking about the issue. Your Deliberations are great teaching tools.

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    Deliberation Materials: Compulsory Voting

    Posted by Kathryn Allen on Jan 31st 2020

    These materials sparked a good discussion for my students. They enjoyed the materials, especially the cartoon, which is great for visual literacy. My students, who are all non-native speakers, appreciated the glossary. They also found handout B helpful to summarize the yes and no arguments. The only thing that wasn't useful were handouts A, C and D. I would recommend these materials for high school and community college students.