Lesson Plan

Did you Gerrymander?

Students will redraw congressional boundaries for a fictional state - can they do so without gerrymandering?!
Bethany P.
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Central High Park Hills, MO
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My Grades 11, 12
My Subjects Social Studies
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Students will be able to apply the principles of gerrymandering in redrawing congressional district boundaries for a fictional state

Social Studies
Grades 9 - 12
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1 Hook

The teacher will explain the process of congressional reapportionment and redistricting, and will also discuss how political parties can play a role in this process. The teacher should also define Gerrymandering, and provide a video that helps describe the process of Gerrymandering, as well as its origin. 




Student Instructions

Students will view the  instructional video illustrating the original gerrymander, as well as the process, and will be encouraged to ask questions during the presentation.

2 Formative Assessment

The  teacher will access a Gerrymandering Kahoot review to ensure students understand the process. 

Student Instructions

The students will participate in this formative assessment activity.

3 Guided Practice

Using the Educreations Interactive Whiteboard app, the teacher will locate an outline map of the state in which they live. The teacher will add characteristics to the map, such as voting habits, gender, religion, etc. The teacher will then ask student volunteers to redraw district boundary lines, trying not to gerrymander. 

Student Instructions

Students will take turns redrawing district boundary lines on the iPad app.

4 Independent Practice

The teacher will assign the "Did You Gerrymander" activity from Teachers Pay Teachers. 

Student Instructions

Students will view demographic information for the fictional state of "Rockopolis" and will then attempt to redraw district boundary lines in a fair and geographically appropriate manner. 

5 Wrap-Up

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The teacher will create and share a Padlet wall with their students which requires the students to list pros and cons of gerrymander, and whether or not gerrymandering should be a legal practice. 

Student Instructions

Students will participate in the Padlet wall activity.