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Lesson Plan

Redistricting: The Case of the Curious Gerrymander Part I and II

Levels: College/Adult, High School

Unit: Civic Education Skills, Congress and the Legislative Process, The Political Process, Mock Election

Do voters pick their elected officials or do the elected officials select their voters? This lesson introduces the concept of redistricting as vaguely defined by the Constitution and asks participants to assess the effectiveness of that definition in light of current Supreme Court cases and evidence from past elections. Students will interpret maps, look at voting data, and experiment with various redistricting options in order to determine what can be done to increase citizen participation in elections.

Description File Type Language
Case of the Curious Gerrymander Part I MS Word 2007+
Case of the Curious Gerrymander Part I PDF PDF
The Case of the Curious Gerrymander Part II MS Word 2007+
Case of the Curious Gerrymander Part II PDF PDF
The Case of the Curious Gerrymander Part II MS PowerPoint 2007+
Gerrymandering's Long History in Virginia PDF