Teachers Talk Law Now: Mock Elections

LawNow magazine is an incredible resource for teachers. Each issue offers engaging articles about law in language suitable for students. Teachers Talk LawNow is a series of lesson plans for teachers based on these articles.

Mock elections are a staple in schools and it’s easy to see why. The best way for students to learn is through participation. Mock elections are an engaging way for students to experience democracy and practice being responsible citizens that vote.

A mock election might run more efficiently if the teacher does all of the planning, but a learning opportunity is missed. When students get involved in the organization of an election they will have a richer and more memorable experience. The article Riding the Election Cycle: The Role of Elections Alberta explains the important role Elections Alberta plays in organizing provincial elections. This article is the perfect introduction for students planning their first mock election.

Mock Election Guides

There are many resources to help teachers plan a mock election. Build the Vote – An Election Simlulation  by Elections Alberta is a detailed guide for election simulations.

Elections Canada also has resources for schools on their website.

In an election year, teacher’s can visit StudentVote.ca (www.studentvote.ca) to participate in a parallel election for students under the voting age.

Ryan Day
Ryan Day is an experienced teacher and was the Youth Program Coordinator at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA). Ryan has developed educational materials for non-profits that work with at risk youth as well as curriculum matched resources for Alberta teachers.
Ryan Day About Ryan Day

Ryan Day is an experienced teacher and was the Youth Program Coordinator at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA). Ryan has developed educational materials for non-profits that work with at risk youth as well as curriculum matched resources for Alberta teachers.

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