The Deception of the American Democracy

Raymond Beamon, World History, West Mecklenburg HS

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


Democracy is not a spectator sport; it requires consistent participation to achieve its fundamental values. But, according to the Pew Research Center in 2016 election only 61% of eligible voters cast a ballot. This curriculum unit will navigate the historical reasons for why so many Americans are left out of the process. Students will critically analyze the Constitution in depth as well as voting rights over time. Students will participate in various project based learning projects, improve annotation practices, and carry out a service learning project. The service learning project will encourage students to officially register and pre-register their classmates and surrounding communities, while engaging with local officials. Often, critical conversations and needs that arise from the community can be addressed in this process.