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Educators need civics curriculum that informs and engages students. Teaching Elections in Washington State is written in partnership with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Washington teachers to do just that.
For more resources visit:
Civics Education | Washington Office of Secretary of State - https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/civics/
Elections and Voting Teaching Resources Toolkit | Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
This is a seven-day unit that explores how people create, interact, and change structures of power and authority over time by answering these essential questions/key ideas:
• Why is the right to vote the most important right?
• Who was Emma Smith Devoe?
• Why did she work so hard to get women the right to vote?
• Why were the Western States more open to women voting than the East?
• What arguments did men and institutions use to keep women from voting?
In this lesson to accompany an online exhibit, students will:
• Review the different roles of government on the federal, state, tribal, and local level.
• Predict roles women have played in the government of Washington state and at the federal level.
• Analyze the growing impact women have had on Washington state governments.
• Engage in small and large-group discussions that use evidence-based arguments.
In this focused inquiry, students investigate the question: Are rights “granted” or “won?”. They will also consider: How did women rally support for the vote when they couldn’t vote themselves? What methods were used to gain the right to vote in Washington?
Students will engage in deep reading, develop summaries of information, conduct independent research, and engage in small and large group discussions and write an argument with a well-formed claim, clear evidence, and reasoning.
Photo of Washington Equal Suffrage Association posting signs to promote woman suffrage, Seattle by Curtis Asahel | Washington State Digital Archives. This image is made available for use in research, teaching, and private study.