Slide Deck for Teachers

Slide 1

Does Voting Matter?

 

Slide 2

Inquiry Question

Does Voting Matter?

 

Slide 3

Minds On

What do I care about?

Raise your hand if you care…

 

Slide 4

Minds On

Do you care if the government:

changes rules about immigration to Canada?

 

Slide 5

Minds On

Do you care if the government: makes it more difficult for seniors to receive the Old Age Security pension?

 

Slide 6

Minds On

Do you care if the government: places penalties on businesses that contribute to climate change?

 

Slide 7

Minds On

Do you care if the government: joins a military alliance that could lead to war?

 

Slide 8

Minds On

Do you care if the government: changes prison terms for serious crimes?

 

Slide 9

Minds On

Do you care if the government: removes coins as a method of paying for items?

 

Slide 10

Minds On

Do you care if the government: negotiates new agreements with Indigenous people?

 

Slide 11

Minds On

The Government of Canada makes decisions about each of these matters through our elected members of Parliament.

Whether we realize it or not, and whether we choose to vote or not, many parts of our lives are affected by the decisions of lawmakers.

 

Slide 12

Minds On

Class Poll: Does voting matter to you?

 

Slide 13

Activity

Voting Simulation

We will have four rounds of voting.

We will elect a new president today.

 

Slide 14

Activity

Candidates will now read a prepared speech to the class.

 

Slide 15

Activity

Captain’s Party Speech

 

Slide 16

Activity

Dinosaur Party Speech

 

Slide 17

Activity

Wizard Party Speech

 

Slide 18

Activity

Zombie Party Speech

 

Slide 19

Activity

Round 1 – Free vote

Go to the corner of the room featuring the party of your choice.

If you choose not to vote, remain seated.

 

Slide 20

Activity

Round 1 – Results

Everyone must do the activity of the winning candidate’s party platform.

How did the outcome of the vote affect you?

 

Slide 21

Activity

Round 2 – Low Voter Turnout

Only five students may vote.

If you were not selected to vote, remain seated.

 

Slide 22

Activity

Round 2 – Results

Everyone must do the activity of the winning candidate’s party platform.

For voters: How did your vote affect the election?

For non-voters: How did you feel about not being able to participate?

 

Slide 23

Activity

Round 3 – 50% turnout

Half the students may vote.

If you were not selected to vote, remain seated.

 

Slide 24

Activity

Round 3 – Results

Everyone must do the activity of the winning candidate’s party platform.

How did the outcome of this vote compare to the previous two votes?

How might the outcome have been different if the other half of the class had voted?

 

Slide 25

Activity

Round 4 – Secret Ballot

Mark your ballot in secret.

All students may vote if they wish.

If you vote for more than one party, your vote will be spoiled and will not be counted.

 

Slide 26

Activity

Round 4 – Results

Everyone must do the activity of the winning candidate’s party platform.

How was the outcome of the election the same as or different from the first vote?

Did you vote differently knowing that your ballot was secret? Why or why not?

Does voting matter? Explain your answer.

 

Slide 27

Activity

Impact in Real Life

Voting (or not voting) can affect the outcome of an election.

In real life, the decisions that elected officials make affect the lives of millions of people, whether they voted or not.

 

Slide 28

Activity

Does Voting Matter?

Marie-Claire’s Story

https://youtu.be/Tbcnk6L9jAU

 

Slide 29

Activity

Does Voting Matter?

Marcie’s Story

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K17W9Md8I_Q&feature=youtu.be

 

Slide 30

Activity

Does Voting Matter?

Did voting have an impact on her life?

How have her experiences influenced her attitudes towards democracy and voting?

How would she answer the question: "Does voting matter?"

 

Slide 31

Consolidation

Class Poll: Does voting matter to you?

 

Slide 32

Consolidation

Class Poll

What do you notice about your poll?

What do you wonder about?

Did our opinions change?

 

Slide 33

Consolidation

Reflection

One thing I learned is…

One question I have now is…

One action I will take as a result of this learning activity is…