Every Vote Counts

How can we learn from existing government structures to create an effective and equitable student government?

Social Studies
Key Content
elections, branches of government, civics, argumentative writing
A group of people in a room raising their hands to vote

Students learn about branches and levels of government (federal, state, and local), voting rights, and voting systems to inform their design of a structure and electoral process for a new student government. Teams collaborate on research and create student government proposals and presentations, and individuals write persuasive/argumentative letters addressed to school leaders to show how the student government proposed would be effective and equitable.