Democracy is a verb.

 

Candidates

Candidate Positions

Project Vote Smart provides information on local, state, and national candidates to help voters learn about candidates’ voting records and positions on issues. www.votesmart.org 

Ideologies — The World’s Smallest Political Quiz

Carrie Kelso, Mikva teacher from Morgan Park High School, shares the following lesson:

Have students take the world’s smallest political quiz for homework. Divide class into small groups of three and assign roles – moderator, discussion recorder, and artist. Project the diagram you receive once you finish the quiz on the overhead for artists to use as a model to create their image. Each group should first discuss the questions – making sure to do both economic and social, then flip over sheet and discuss philosophies.

I Side With…

iSideWith.com hosts a quiz that students can take to find out where they stand on important issues. The site also has articles and polls related to current policies.  Click here to take the quiz.

Party Platforms

Looking for the party’s platform campaign info, and position papers on issues for the major parties?
Go to: www.gop.com, www.democrats.org, www.lp.org, www.reformparty.org, and www.constitutionparty.org 

Political Forum Viewing Guide

Click below to download a viewing guide and accompanying reflection questions to assign your students when they attend or watch a political forum or debate.
Political_Forum_Viewing_Guide.pdf

Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

Looking for direct quotes and “in-their-own-words” statements from candidates on a huge variety of issues? You can organize your information by issue, candidate, or party. There are also some fun political quizzes that will help students figure out where they fall on the political spectrum, and which candidates they agree and disagree with. www.ontheissues.org 

 

1,684

students campaigned during the 2015-16 Election Season

88%

of Mikva alumni are registered voters, vs. only 53% of 18-29 yr. olds nationwide

66%

of Mikva alumni encourage their friends and family to be politically engaged, vs. only 35% of 18-29 yr. olds nationwide

145

Chicagoland teachers participate in Mikva Challenge programs

2,000+

Mikva students serve as election judges each election cycle

69%

of Mikva alumni continue to volunteer in their communities, vs. only 36% of 18-29 yr. olds nationwide

50%

of alumni of our Elections in Action programs continue to volunteer for political campaigns, vs. only 2% of 18-29 yr. old nationwide

7,000

young people from 115 schools across Chicagoland participate in Mikva Challenge programs annually

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