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Title: Study political cartoons in class. ... literature and ad

Join VERA 2008
Voter Education, Registration and Action
VERA IS Sponsored by the NE Literacy Resource
Center out of World Education, Boston MA
Preparing Adult Learners to Vote in the 2008
  • Welcome and Todays Agenda
  • What does voting make you think of?
  • What is VERA?
  • What are some VERA strategies that have worked in
    the past?
  • Why Vote? A classroom activity
  • What questions do you have?
  • Evaluation

Workshop Objectives
  • Participants will
  • clarify their thinking about voter education as
    part of ABE, GED, ESOL curriculum
  • learn how to implement 2 classroom activities
  • learn about voter motivation and education
    practices that have been successful in other
  • 4. become familiar with New Englands
    non-partisan Voter Education, Registration and
    Action campaign

What is VERA?
  • The VERA goal is to educate adult learners about
    voting and the topical electoral issues, and
    mobilize them to vote in the November 4, 2008
  • Non-partisan - we do not endorse any candidates.
  • A six-state regional effort sponsored by the New
    England Literacy resource Center.
  • Each state has 1-2 organizers.

Why Bother?
  • Your Vote is Your Voice!
  • Adult learners well-being is profoundly affected
    by the outcomes of elections and of current
    public policy debates.
  • Yet, it is sometimes difficult for adult learners
    to participate in elections and engage in public
  • Adult educators can play an important role
    helping to increase voter turn-out.
  • Teachable moment that develops critical thinking
    skills, teaches social studies content and
    prepares students to explore advocacy and civic

Voting is . . .
  • essential for . . .
  • similar to . . .
  • opposite of
  • logical extension of . . .
  • a potential problem for . . .
  • ______________ because . . .

Teaching about voting is . . .
  • connected to . . .
  • like . . .
  • unlike . . .
  • problematic because . . .
  • important because . . .
  • __________ because . . .

  • Who here has already done voter ed or
    registration activities with adult learners as
    part of an instructional program?
  • What has worked particularly well?

Study the Issues
  • Watch a video about an issue that is important to
    students and discuss it, and which level of
    government has primary responsibility for it.
  • Have students write letters to candidates about
    issues that are important to them.
  • Have students watch the presidential debates as
    homework and discuss them in class.
  • Study political cartoons in class.
  • Create a bulletin board with newspaper clippings
    and comments about election issues.

Learn about the Voting Process
  • Arrange a trip to the Board of Elections or Town
    Clerk to view voting machines and try them out.
  • Hold a mock election (try to get real ballots
    from your local election committee).
  • Invite writing and open discussion about
    students reluctance to vote, alienation, and
    sense of powerlessness.
  • Make graphs of past voter turnout in your state,
    region or local area.

Learn about U.S. Politics
  • Discuss different political parties in the U.S.
    and review their official Web sites.
  • Invite different speakers to class from groups
    like the League of Women Voters, The Secretary of
    State, the Elections Commission.
  • Collect and analyze literature and ads from
    different political campaigns.
  • Compare the U.S. political system to those of
    other countries. Start with your students home

Register Voters
  • Organize a program Voter Awareness Night.
  • Set up an election booth so people can practice
  • Encourage students to register themselves and
    others from their families and communities.
  • Hold a workshop for teachers and volunteers on
    how to register to vote.
  • Attend a local voter registration drive.

Get Out the Vote!
  • Have your class present information on voting and
    elections to other classes.
  • Encourage your students to get to the polls on
    Election Day. Consider offering your Election Day
    class time as a time when your students can go
    out and vote.
  • Recruit other programs to participate in the VERA

Talk about the Election Results
  • Make a Wall of Voters in your classroom or
    building where you can put up the photos of all
    the students who actually voted.
  • Make graphs of election results in your local
  • Stay in contact with the elected officials and
    hold them accountable for their campaign promises.

  • What goods and services have you and your family
    used that are paid
  • by tax dollars?
  • List as many thing as you can think of in 15
    minutes. Share your list.

If you don't like paying taxes . . .
  • Don't drive on paved streets or highways.
  • Don't call 911.
  • Don't send your children to public schools.
  • Don't attend a state university.
  • Don't expect a social security payment.
  • Don't let Medicare pay your bills if you are over
    65 or disabled.
  • Don't call the police when you get robbed.
  • Don't use the US Post Office, send all your
    letters via FedEx or UPS.
  • Don't visit national parks or hike in national
  • Don't eat USDA inspected meat, cheese, eggs or
  • Excerpted from

If you don't like paying taxes . . .
  • Don't take any medications tested and approved by
    the FDA.
  • Don't drink, bath or otherwise use the water from
    municipal water systems.
  • Don't expect a unit of measure like a gallon of
    gas to be a full gallon.
  • Don't expect an elevator to work correctly or not
  • Don't use the services of a doctor who is
    licensed through the state.
  • Don't expect research into medical problems such
    as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, aging.
  • Don't use the public library.
  • Don't go to a state university affiliated
  • Don't go to a state university.
  • Don't watch state college sports.
  • Excerpted from

If you don't like paying taxes . . .
  • Don't ask for a farm subsidy for not growing
  • Don't use the court system.
  • Don't call the fire department.
  • Don't expect federal assistance if a natural
    disaster destroys your home or business.
  • Don't expect the military to defend your country.
  • Don't expect convicted criminals to be in prison
    and off your street.
  • Don't get a passport or try to get out of the US
    without a Passport.
  • Don't fly in an airplane that uses air-traffic
  • Don't use currency printed by the US Treasury.
  • Don't use a bank or credit union that insures
    your deposits through the FDIC.
  • Don't go to a beach kept clean by the state.
  • Excerpted from

If you don't like paying taxes . . .
  • Don't use public transportation.
  • Don't visit public museums.
  • Don't cross a bridge.
  • Don't use truck stops or public restrooms.
  • Don't expect your tap water to be clean and germ
  • Don't eat any food transported on roads.
  • Don't expect any workplace safety standards,
    labor laws, or minimum wage.
  • Don't expect highway signs.
  • Don't expect anyone to plow your roads when it
    snows or sweep them when they're dirty.
  • Don't expect your children to be able to ride the
    bus to school.
  • Excerpted from

Join VERA 2008
Voter Education, Registration and Action
http// New England VERA
Coordinator Kristen McKenna
VERA IS Sponsored by the New England Literacy
Resource Center at World Education, Boston MA