How does the Minnesota Literacy Council teach
election 2016?
...Glad You Asked!
With Minnesota's caucus just a day away, we asked an ESL teacher and GED volunteer: How are you covering election 2016 in your adult basic education classrooms?
Jessica Jones
Lead ESL Teacher
Open Door Learning Center-Arlington Hills
Mela Shah
GED Social Studies Volunteer
Open Door Learning Center-Northside

Tell us about an election-related lesson you’ve taught.

JESSICA: I found a great lesson online that used real political ads from past elections. Students watched two ads from the 1968 election, "Convention" (Nixon, 1968) and "Mother and Child"(Humphrey, 1968). The first time, they watched them with the sound off and discussed the images used and what sounds or words they expected to accompany those images. The second time, they watched the same video with the sound on and analyzed how the ad used themes of war/peace and hope/fear. We used some of the same techniques to analyze three more ads from this year’s election.

MELA: I did a unit called Election 2016: The Basics. It covered who is eligible to be president; the differences between a primary and caucus; the national conventions and who delegates are; and the ever-confusing electoral college. We also went over one's voting rights as a citizen of the United States and as a resident of Minnesota.

Why include election 2016 in your curriculum?

JESSICA: Almost half of my students are U.S. citizens and many more are hoping to apply for citizenship as soon as they are eligible in a year or two. The content they study for the citizenship test doesn’t really prepare them for voting or for following an election in the news. And whether they are citizens or not, I find that my students want to understand what everyone is talking about.

MELA: Not only am I trying to help my students get their GEDs, I am trying to create a safe space for students to share their thoughts and discuss what they're hearing. I want my students to have a voice and fully participate in society, and talking about current events in class helps prepare them for that.

How do Jessica's and Mela's students like this topic? Read more election 2016 Q&A on our website.
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Do you have an old iPad?

In honor of February's Digital Learning Day, we're putting the call out for iPads for our Open Door Learning Center-Lake Street. We will accept models from 2012 or later.

These tablets give adults in our lower levels of English classes – many of whom have never touched a computer before – a chance to acclimate to technology in an easy-to-learn, tactile way.

Donate your old iPad today!

Hope to see you!
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Immigration 101

We welcome Michele McKenzie, immigration attorney at Advocates for Human Rights, for an overview of U.S. immigration policy. Michele will address:
  • how and why immigrants, refugees, and asylees come to the U.S. and Minnesota
  • how and when they obtain a green card
  • how individuals can be detained and deported, and more.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
at the Minnesota Literacy Council main office

The event is free, but please RSVP to reserve your seat.
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