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Project Vote Smart

Project Vote Smart covers your candidates and elected officials in five basic categories: biographical information, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances and interest group ratings. Find your current political officials and candidates. One of the Resources, Project Vote Smart's Government 101, provides middle and high school students with an overview of the federal government system in the United States. The information is informative, practical and easy, and is intended to help refresh your knowledge of American politics by providing useful information about Congress, political parties, campaign finance, the Constitution, elections, state government and much more.

Published by One Common Ground in 2002-2006

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):All
Curriculum Areas:History/Social Science
Themes/Keywords: Campaigns
Civics
Democracy
Politics
Voting


Vocabulary
conservative, liberal, coalition, election, civic responsibility, voter registration, voting trends, demographics, campaign finance, alignment


Essential Question(s)
1. How do I know that my vote counts?
2. What are the issues that affect me?

Discussion Question(s)
1. Who are your local representatives?
2. What position does your local representatives and/or senator take on an issue that concerns you?

Extension and Activities
1. Go through the Government 101 activities and write an essay that explains how a bill becomes a law.
2. Read about the Federal Court System and State Supreme Courts. Write one bio about one of the judges.


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