PBS has partnered with We The Voters on a nonpartisan digital project featuring short films to activate voters across the country in 2016. The films and accompanying lesson plans provide a fresh perspective on democracy, elections, governance, and debating, appropriate for grades 10-12. Humor in some of these films may not be appropriate for younger audiences.

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We The Voters In The Classroom
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To Vote or Not to Vote Lesson Plan ( .DOC | .PDF )

See how Patricia Hunt, a high school government teacher in Arlington, Virginia, uses the We The Voters film "So You Think You Can Vote?" and modifies PBS Education's "To Vote or Not To Vote" Lesson Plan to engage her students in an investigation of the history of voting rights in the United States.

Why We March
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Political Participation Lesson Plan ( .DOC | .PDF )

Use this lesson plan and the short films "Why We March" and "Run Rep Run" to review political protest movements and help students envision running for office themselves.

Handout #1: Protest Movement Research ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #2: Preparing for a Career in Politics ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #3: Women’s Suffrage (Extension Activity) ( .DOC | .PDF )

“Koosh Ball Catch” Instructions ( .DOC | .PDF )

Run Rep Run
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Political Participation Lesson Plan ( .DOC | .PDF )

Use this lesson plan and the short films "Why We March" and "Run Rep Run" to review political protest movements and help students envision running for office themselves.

Handout #1: Protest Movement Research ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #2: Preparing for a Career in Politics ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #3: Women’s Suffrage (Extension Activity) ( .DOC | .PDF )

“Koosh Ball Catch” Instructions ( .DOC | .PDF )

Media0cracy
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Decoding Media Bias Lesson Plan ( .DOC | .PDF )

Use this lesson plan and the short film "MediaOcracy" to discuss how students get their news, and help them understand media bias through an investigation of three top cable news outlets.

Handout #1: Media Website Examination ( .DOC | .PDF )

Regulation Song
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Laws in Daily Life Lesson Plan ( .DOC | .PDF )

In this lesson plan, students view the short films "Foreign Entanglements" and "Regulation Song" and investigate how government laws and regulations affect their daily lives. Includes a daily diary activity.

Handout #1: Consider Chili ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #2: The “State” of Your LIfe ( .DOC | .PDF )

Foreign Entanglements
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Laws in Daily Life Lesson Plan ( .DOC | .PDF )

In this lesson plan, students view the short films "Foreign Entanglements" and "Regulation Song" and investigate how government laws and regulations affect their daily lives. Includes a daily diary activity.

Handout #1: Consider Chili ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #2: The “State” of Your LIfe ( .DOC | .PDF )

Disrupt Lobbying
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Follow The Money Lesson Plan ( .DOC | .PDF )

Use this lesson plan and the short films "Disrupt Lobbying" and "I'm Just a $100 Bill" to help students understand how both money and lobbyists shape our legislative process.

Handout #1: Viewing Guide ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #2: Role of Money Investigation ( .DOC | .PDF )

I'm Just a $100 Bill
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Follow The Money Lesson Plan ( .DOC | .PDF )

Use this lesson plan and the short films "Disrupt Lobbying" and "I'm Just a $100 Bill" to help students understand how both money and lobbyists shape our legislative process.

Handout #1: Viewing Guide ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #2: Role of Money Investigation ( .DOC | .PDF )

#FoundingFathers
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The Long Life of the U.S. Constitution Lesson Plan ( .DOC | .PDF )

Use this lesson plan and the short film "#FoundingFathers" to help students understand how courts have applied the Constitution?s original principles to modern issues.

Handout #1: Loving v. Virginia ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #2: Miranda v. Arizona ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #3: Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #4: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #5: Student Rights Cases (Extension Activity) ( .DOC | .PDF )

Teacher-led Activity: Hamilton! (Extension Activity) ( .DOC | .PDF )

Polling Pitfalls
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Polling Pitfalls ( .DOC | .PDF )

Help students understand how public opinion polls are conducted and evaluated through an investigation of three current polls, and a viewing of the short film "The Poll Dance." Humor in this film's title may not be appropriate for younger audiences.

Handout #1: Viewing Guide ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #2: Polling Inquiry ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #3: Political Polling in Past and Present (Extension Activity) ( .DOC | .PDF )

So You Think You Can Vote?
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To Vote or Not to Vote Lesson Plan ( .DOC | .PDF )

Students explore arguments for the importance of voting and the history of voter suppression in the U.S. using this lesson plan, and accompanying short films "So You Think You Can Vote?," "Citizen Next," and "First Time Voters."

Handout #1: Importance of Voting Survey ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #2: So You Think You Can Vote? ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #3: Citizen Next ( .DOC | .PDF )

Citizen Next
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To Vote or Not to Vote Lesson Plan ( .DOC | .PDF )

Students explore arguments for the importance of voting and the history of voter suppression in the U.S. using this lesson plan, and accompanying short films "So You Think You Can Vote?," "Citizen Next," and "First Time Voters."

Handout #1: Importance of Voting Survey ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #2: So You Think You Can Vote? ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #3: Citizen Next ( .DOC | .PDF )

First Time Voters
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To Vote or Not to Vote Lesson Plan ( .DOC | .PDF )

Students explore arguments for the importance of voting and the history of voter suppression in the U.S. using this lesson plan and accompanying short films "So You Think You Can Vote?," "Citizen Next," and "First Time Voters." Humor in "First Time Voters" may not be appropriate for younger audiences.

Handout #1: Importance of Voting Survey ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #2: So You Think You Can Vote? ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #3: Citizen Next ( .DOC | .PDF )

Hot Tips to Rock the Ballot Booth
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Down Ballot Voting Lesson Plan ( .DOC | .PDF )

Help students understand the importance of local elections and ballot measures with the short film "Hot Tips to Rock the Ballot Booth" and this lesson plan, which includes guidelines for examining a local voter's guide.

Handout #1: Voting Ballot ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #2: Down Ballot Investigation ( .DOC | .PDF )

Voting Ballot Answer Key ( .DOC | .PDF )

Real Voters of the USA
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Know Your Vote Lesson Plan ( .DOC | .PDF )

In this lesson plan, students view the short films "Real Voters of the USA," "Mission Insurable," "Student Debt Roulette," and "The Future of Social Security," and investigate where candidates stand on health care, student debt, and social security. Then, they determine which candidate they will endorse for President. Humor in "Real Voters of the USA" may not be appropriate for younger audiences.

Handout #1: Real Voters of the USA ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #2: Mission Insurable ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #3: Student Debt Roulette ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #4: The Future of Social Security ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #5: Endorsing a Candidate ( .DOC | .PDF )

Mission Insurable
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Know Your Vote Lesson Plan ( .DOC | .PDF )

In this lesson plan, students view the short films "Real Voters of the USA," "Mission Insurable," "Student Debt Roulette," and "The Future of Social Security," and investigate where candidates stand on health care, student debt, and social security. Then, they determine which candidate they will endorse for President.

Handout #1: Real Voters of the USA ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #2: Mission Insurable ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #3: Student Debt Roulette ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #4: The Future of Social Security ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #5: Endorsing a Candidate ( .DOC | .PDF )

Student Debt Roulette
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Know Your Vote Lesson Plan ( .DOC | .PDF )

In this lesson plan, students view the short films "Real Voters of the USA," "Mission Insurable," "Student Debt Roulette," and "The Future of Social Security," and investigate where candidates stand on health care, student debt, and social security. Then, they determine which candidate they will endorse for President.

Handout #1: Real Voters of the USA ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #2: Mission Insurable ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #3: Student Debt Roulette ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #4: The Future of Social Security ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #5: Endorsing a Candidate ( .DOC | .PDF )

The Future of Social Security
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Know Your Vote Lesson Plan ( .DOC | .PDF )

In this lesson plan, students view the short films "Real Voters of the USA," "Mission Insurable," "Student Debt Roulette," and "The Future of Social Security," and investigate where candidates stand on health care, student debt, and social security. Then, they determine which candidate they will endorse for President.

Handout #1: Real Voters of the USA ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #2: Mission Insurable ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #3: Student Debt Roulette ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #4: The Future of Social Security ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #5: Endorsing a Candidate ( .DOC | .PDF )

Great Debates
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Great Debates Lesson Plan ( .DOC | .PDF )

Use this lesson plan and the short film "How to Master Debate" to help students understand and identify logical fallacies, and hold a structured classroom debate. Humor in this film's title may not be appropriate for younger audiences.

Handout #1: Techniques of Persuasion and Logical Fallacies ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #2: Debates Viewing Sheet ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #3: Debate Ballot ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #4: Debate Arguments Template ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #5: History of the Presidential Debates ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #6: A Note on Fact Checking (Extension Activity) ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #7: Words Count (Extension Activity) ( .DOC | .PDF )

American Party Animals
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"Two is Company, Three's a Crowd" Lesson Plan ( .DOC | .PDF )

Use this lesson plan and the short film "American Party Animals" to help students understand the emergence of the two-party system in the U.S., and investigate how third parties have changed the outcomes of U.S. presidential elections.

Handout #1: Third Party Obstacles ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #2: Election Investigation ( .DOC | .PDF )

Altered States of America
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When States Become Laboratories of Democracy Lesson Plan ( .DOC | .PDF )

Use this lesson plan and the short film "Altered States of America" to explore conflicts between state and federal law, focusing on Colorado's marijuana law. Humor in this film may not be appropriate for younger audiences.

Handout #1: Weird State Laws ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #2: Square, Triangle, and Circle ( .DOC | .PDF )

Handout #3: Marijuana Law ( .DOC | .PDF )