Watch this one-hour video from Draw The Lines PA which can be used in the classroom or at home. It discusses what issues matter to you, how Americans choose their representatives, the decennial census, apportionment and redistricting, approaches to and impacts of gerrymandering, and how to make a map.
Watch the TEDx talk, Redistricting of the people, by the people, and for the people from April of 2019.
Investigate the population changes in your state over time using "On the Move" lessons for each state, available on the State Resources page. You can use paper maps and markers, such as LEGOs, to represent the different time periods. For a review of how the activity works using National Geographic Giant State Maps, watch this demonstration of the activity in North Carolina, starting at about 4 minutes, 30 seconds.
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You can access state-specific resources designed to provide a foundation for discussing topics related to the decennial census, the responsibility for and execution of electoral redistricting, and the implications for choices made about how to draw district lines. National, state, and local resources are also available to explore topics related to apportionment and redistricting, including international and historical approaches to redistricting, gerrymandering, voter participation, and related litigation. You can find contacts for organizations in your state who may be able to provide additional connections with educators and community members.
The purpose of GeoCivics is to provide resources for educators and community members to illustrate basic understanding of the apportionment and redistricting process in the United States. The project aims to introduce interactive mapping through an easy-to-use online redistricting application at the scale of the county. Lastly, GeoCivics seeks to inspire participation by citizens and community members in electoral and governance activities in the United States.
To demonstrate movement of the population and provide historical perspective, you can use an "On the Move" lesson for your state. The lesson identifies the fifteen largest cities in each state over three time periods using census data, ending in 2010. This lesson can be used with National Geographic's Giant State Maps and cones or with tabletop paper driving maps and LEGOs.
State Resources provides an opportunity for students and community members to create their own electoral district maps, each state with more than one congressional district has an ArcGIS exercise allowing the construction of districts by county. Also, if you want to explore more specific information about a state's electoral procedures, State Resources features selected organizations and contacts.
A multitude of organizations address issues surrounding civics education and good government resources, and just a few are linked from our pages on Apportionment and Redistricting, Civics and Government, and Geography. Mapping applications are essential to the conversation about redistricting and can be found under Geospatial Technology in Geography.
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A background PowerPoint presentation can be altered to suit any audience. If you are presenting to a group already familiar with apportionment and redistricting, you may want to provide a short refresher to ensure everyone begins the discussion with the same base of knowledge. If you are using the state "On the Move" and "ArcGIS Online Redistricting Exercise" materials as part of a class, you may want to prepare a more extensive review of each of the topics covered. Assessments and exercises are planned for the future.
Also, a video of the National Geographic Giant Map of North Carolina provides an example of how this map resource can be utilized in the classroom and how the "On the Move" lessons are executed. Rebecca Theobald performs the activity as well in the instructional video National Geographic Giant Map of Ohio Comes to Sinclair.