4. Vote

The Vote lesson plans allow students to evaluate the impact of their action and reflect upon any change it has sparked, as well as their own active citizenship learning. Students also experience the electoral process, through a complete sequence of electoral activities including candidate nominations, party platforms, campaign speeches, how-to-vote cards, a mock-election and a preferential vote count.

Teachers completing a Passport unit can request a free mock-election incursion (rural and metro areas) run by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC), to celebrate students’ democratic participation.

Vote lessons can also be used independently of the Passport unit, if you wish to focus only on elections and campaigns.

Instructions:
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    Lesson 1: An election campaign

    To run an election, students will need to form parties, develop their speeches and organise their election campaign. An online activity should be used to assist with speech writing.

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    Lesson 2: Speech and debate

    In order to run an election, students need to rehearse and present their speeches. Formal assessment can be competed as part of this lesson. The candidate creator online activity can be completed at the end of this lesson.

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    Lesson 3: Election time

    Students participate and run their classroom election. The VEC can deliver this lesson for schools that have completed the PTD unit.

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    Lesson 4: Why vote?

    Throughout the course, student's understanding and attitude towards participation has hopefully developed. This lesson looks at voting as one form through which citizens have an opportunity to express how they feel on a regular intervals.

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