Election Day is just a few short weeks away. On November 8, Americans will head to the polls to cast their vote for the next U.S. president.
It is important that adult education students are familiar with the election process so their voices are heard locally and nationally. Lower income adults and those with less education are less likely to vote than adults with more education and those who are financially secure. This often leaves issues that affect low literate adults overlooked. Here are four resources that will help you prepare your adult education students for Election Day:
News for You® Voting Guide
News for You, New Readers Press’ weekly newspaper, published an easy-to-read voting guide written at a lower reading level for adults learning to read. It explains who can vote, the election process, how to cast a ballot, and more. Download the guide.
The Change Agent Election Year Lesson Packet
The Change Agent: an Adult Education Magazine for Social Justice has created an election year lesson packet with interactive activities, videos and worksheets to help inform adult learners about U.S. history, government, and voting rights. There are two versions of the packet, one for intermediate learners and another for advanced learners. Download the lesson packet.
Make Beliefs Comix
Make Beliefs Comix has published a series of free, printable comic strips to encourage students to express their views about the 2016 presidential election. The activities range from asking students to design a political bumper sticker to filling in speech bubbles as if Clinton and Trump were in a debate in their living room. Download and print the comics.
Washtenaw Matters Voting Guide
ProLiteracy member program Washtenaw Literacy has developed a guide with important voting information. The guide includes information about the presidential candidates, voting, and candidate information specific to Michigan and Washtenaw County. This is a great guide to follow if you want to put together election information specific to your community. Download the guide.
Let us know in the comments if you’ll be incorporating any of the above or other resources into your instruction.