Rock The Vote

Teacher(s): Katie Baechler
Main Contact: Katie Baechler Email: Date:  11/16/11
Building: Kelloggsville HighSchool Grade Level: 11-12
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Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning.


My civics/government class will learn the different civic duties that are expected of citizens. One of your most important civic duties is voting! Therefore, my class will learn the process of registering to vote and will encourage students (18) and community members to get registered.


Effective Practice:  MEANINGFUL SERVICE

Service learning actively engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities.

What community need will you address and how did you determine the need?

The community need that this project will address is getting citizens involved and interested in the election process and voting. It will also show how your voice can make a difference.


What service will you provide to address the need?

We will provide students and community members with information regarding how to register to vote, what is needed, and where they must actually go to vote.


Effective Practice:  LINK TO CURRICULUM

Service learning is intentionally used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.


How is this project related to your curriculum?

One of the main units in Civics curriculum is to investigate the meaning of citizenship in America. Voting is one of our fundamental rights and it is essential students understand how to vote, as well as the importance of voting.


What are the educational goals?

The educational goal of this project is to increase the number of citizens to exercise their right to vote. In addition, students will understand who can register to vote, what you need to do to get registered, and that there is different polling places depending on where you live geographically.


Curriculum Crafter Connections


Strand: AG:  (Civics)
TLW:  Investigate the meaning of citizenship in the United States of America.
Strand: AG: (Civics)


TLW: Identify, describe, and explain the scope of and limits to the rights of citizenship in the United States.


Additional State Standards and Benchmarks

List standards and benchmarks met by this project.


C1.1.4: Explain the purposes of politics, why people engage in the political process, and what the political process can achieve (e.g., promote the greater good, promote self-interest, advance solutions to public issues and problems, achieve a just society). (See USHG F1.1; F1.2; 6.3.2; 8.3.1)


C3.3.5: Describe the mechanisms bywhich citizens monitor and influence state and local governments (e.g., referendum, initiative, recall).


C5.1.1: Using examples, explain the idea and meaning of citizenship in the United States of America, and the rights and responsibilities of American citizens (e.g., people participate in public life, know about the laws that govern society, respect and obey those laws, participate in political life, stay informed and attentive about public issues and voting).


C5.3.2: Identify and explain political rights (e.g., freedom of speech, press, assembly, and petition; and the right to vote and run for public office).


C5.4.1: Distinguish between personal and civic responsibilities and describe how they can sometimes conflict with each other.


C5.4.2:  Describe the importance of citizens’ civic responsibilities including obeying the law, being informed and attentive to public issues, monitoring political leaders and governmental agencies, assuming leadership when appropriate, paying taxes, registering to vote and voting knowledgeably on candidates and issues, serving as a juror, serving in the armed forces, performing public service.


C6.2.2:  Distinguish between and evaluate the importance of political participation and social participation


C6.2.3 : Describe how, when, and where individuals can participate in the political process at the local, state, and national levels (including, but not limited to voting, attending political and governmental meetings, contacting public officials, working in campaigns, community organizing, demonstrating or picketing, boycotting, joining interest groups or political action committees); evaluate the effectiveness of these methods of participants.


C6.2.4:  Participate in a real or simulated election, and evaluate the results, including the impact of voter turnout and demographics.


C5.4.3:  Explain why meeting personal and civic responsibilities are important to the preservation and improvement of American constitutional democracy.


C6.2.7: Participate in a service-learning project, reflect upon experiences, and evaluate the value of the experience to the American ideal of participation.


C6.2.9: Evaluate the claim that constitutional democracy requires the participation of an attentive, knowledgeable, and competent citizenry.


Effective Practice:  REFLECTION

Service learning incorporates multiple challenging reflection activities that are ongoing and that prompt deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one’s relationship to society.


What form(s) of reflection will you use with the students to help them identify what they have learned and accomplished?

  • Pre and post assessments (Students will actually take a
    test on the curriculum)
  • Helping others
    (Students will actively get involved in the school or community teaching
    about the voting process)
  • Public Service Announcements – Importance of Voting (Would like to include the flip camera here and do video
  • Brochures on how to register to vote


Effective Practice:  DIVERSITY

Service learning promotes understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants.


What types of diverse perspectives and experiences will be explored as part of your project?

(i.e.:  cultural, generational, abilities/disabilities, learning styles, etc)
This project will promote diverse perspectives and experiences by using a variety of resources and technology to teach the voting process. For example, instead of students reading a chapter in a textbook on the importance of voting, they will be interacting with the community and student body. Numerous learning styles and abilities will be able to succeed in this lesson.


Effective Practice:  YOUTH VOICE

Service learning provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating service learning experiences with guidance from adults.


How will students gain ownership of the project?

Students will gain ownership of this project by taking control and leading this project. In addition, they will be able to see a direct result from their actions. For example, by getting more people in the community involved in the election process they will be able to vote politicians into office who support the needs of our unique community.



Service learning partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs.


Who will you partner with for this project?

We will partner with Kentwood and Wyoming City Hall for this project. In addition, we will be working with the Rock the Vote campaign for educational lessons and resources to help get the word out to our community.


How will students benefit from this partnership?

They will work with outside organizations, which will help them understand the importance of voting and fulfilling their civic duty. It will also help them develop communication skills by working closely with these organizations and talking to the public.


How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

Our community partners will benefit from this collaboration by increasing the number of people who are registered to vote in our community.


Effective Practice:  PROGRESS MONITORING

Service learning engages participants in an ongoing process to assess the quality of implementation and progress toward meeting specified goals, and uses results for improvement and sustainability.


How will you assess the student learning goals?

Students will be assessed through pre and post assessments. Students will also be assessed through their brochures, Public Service Announcements, and classroom discussions.


How will you assess your service goals?

We will first assess the needs of the community. How many people are registered to vote, participate in the voting process, etc? At the end we will check to see if we have met the needs of the community in terms of educating them on the importance of voting and how to get registered.



Service learning has sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes.


How will you prepare students for this experience?

I will prepare students for this experience by educating them on the importance of voting. We will look at other countries that lack this fundamental right and how difficult it is for citizens to bring about change. We will also look at statistics of how many people do not exercise this right. By walking students through the voter registration process, students will see how simple the process is and will then be able to help others get registered.


What are some sample possible activities students might do as part of this project?

  • Make a public service announcement on the importance of
    voting. We will hopefully show these to the student body.
  • Make a brochure outlining how to register to vote and where
    they would go to vote depending on where they live.
  • Run a voter registration drive at the high school.
  • Go out into the community and get people registered to



The three arms of sustainability are environmental stewardship, economic growth, and social progress. Think planet, profit, and people.


Describe how your project addresses the issue of sustainability?

This project addresses the issue of sustainability by educating students and the community about the importance of voting and how they can use their vote to enact change.  The long term goal is that more students will go on to vote and be active citizens who exercise their rights. In addition, the community will see the importance of getting involved, and using their vote is just one simple way to do this.