Did you Gerrymander?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students will participate in the Padlet wall activity.