Elections Unit

Unit Objective
Students will learn the importance of becoming an informed citizen in the political marketplace. 
Essential Question
How does one become an informed citizen in the political marketplace? 
Enduring Understandings
-Democracy favors those who show up
-Voting is just one way to participate in politics

Main Project:
As a class you are to create an online voter guide for the Republican Presidential candidates as well as the candidates for the 10th Congressional District and the 31st .  This website should be directed towards the first time voters in your generation.  These websites will be evaluated by both members of the Lake County Republican Party and younger staff members at GCHS.  
The driving question for this project is: What do you think a young voter needs to know in order to make an informed decision in an election? 

Secondary Project: 
One project manager will be selected from across the 3 classes to work with a small group of students across the 3 classes to organize and execute a GCHS Candidate's Day sometime in the next 3-4 weeks featuring as many candidates as possible who will be elected from voters within the D127 boundaries.  This group will act seperately from the main project in terms of collaboration but will work together in sharing information, contact points, etc.  The project manager will be responsible for guiding their team through picking a date, contacting candidate's offices, contacting the press, and coordinating day-of events.  

This unit satisfies the following Illinois Learning Standards: 
14.C.5 Analyze the consequences of par- ticipation and non- participation in the electoral process (e.g., women’s suffrage, voter registration, effects of media). 
14.D.5 Interpret a variety of public policies and issues from the perspectives of different individuals and groups. 

This unit satisfies the following ISTE NETS Standards for students: 
2.Communication and Collaboration
a.interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
b.communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
d.contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.

5.Digital Citizenship
 Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. 
b.exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.