In this month-long project, tenth graders organized a Get Out the Vote event at Southwestern Community College. Students first researched the measures and candidates for the 2018 Midterm Election, and then went to work communicating their ideas through visual mediums. Students also surveyed students at SWCC in order to get a sense of their interest and knowledge about the election. Students worked in direct partnership with the ACLU and the Associated Student Organization of SWCC. One group of students also took their research on the road and held a presentation at Voice of San Diego’s annual Politifest at University of San Diego. At the culmination of the project, students were publicly recognied by the media as well as Assemblywoman Lorena Gonazalez who presented each student with a certificate of recognition.
Students practiced graphic design and synthesis writing through the creation of posters that gave overall summaries, pros, and cons, of each measure.
In class we studied skills such as determining credibility of resources, writing succinctly, as forming an argument. We also utilized resources from Teaching Tolerance and studied the 13th, 14th, 15th amendments and America’s overall history of voting rights. Overall, students studied a democratic election through authentic participation in the process