Does My Vote Matter?
USG.14 Citizenship. The student understands the difference between personal and civic responsibilities. The student is expected to:
- understand the responsibilities, duties, and obligations of citizenship such as being well informed about civic affairs, serving in the military, voting, serving on a jury, observing the laws, paying taxes, and serving the public good; and
- understand the voter registration process and the criteria for voting in elections.
USG.15 Citizenship. The student understands the importance of voluntary individual participation in the political process at local, state, and national levels. The student is expected to:
- analyze the effectiveness of various methods of participation in the political process at local, state, and national levels;
- analyze historical and contemporary examples of citizen movements to bring about political change or to maintain continuity; and
- understand the factors that influence an individual’s political attitudes and actions.
USG.17 Culture. The student understands the relationship between government policies and the culture of the United States. The student is expected to:
- evaluate a U.S. government policy or court decision that has affected a particular racial ethnic, or religious group such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the U.S. Supreme court cases of Hernandez v. Texas and Grutter V. Bollinger, and
- explain changes in American culture brought about by government policies such as voting rights, the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 (GI Bill of Rights), the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, affirmative action, and racial integration.
ACGM Student Learning Outcomes
GOVT 2305/2306. Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Analyze the election process.
- Identify the rights and responsibilities of citizens.
- Analyze issues and policies in U.S. politics.
Module 2 examines the direct impact of decisions made by elected officials on our daily lives and the role of cultural values in determining voting habits. The connection between civic duties, such as voting and government services, is considered. Major milestones in civil rights movements are also reviewed.
Does My Vote Matter?
- Explain why voting participation is important to your community. (Level 3)
- Discuss the role of activism in securing voting rights. (Level 2)
- Predict a difference that becoming a Texas voter can make in your life. (Level 2)
- Activity Questions
- Video: Does My Vote Matter? ( 6:30 min)
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Reading Assignment Links- Choose one or more options:
- Texas Politics 4.1, 4.2. Explaining Voting and Non-Voting
The Texas Politics Project, Basic Edition. University of Texas at Austin. 2006.
- American Government. 7.2 Voter Turnout
Krutz, Glen, and Sylvie Waskiewicz, ed. Open Stax, Rice University. 2016.
- American Government, Chapter 10
Lenz, Timothy O. and Mirya Holman. University Press of Florida, 2013.
- Of the People.
- Tomorrow Today. Voices from Across America