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***COMMUNICATOR UPDATE: November 2002***

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    COMMUNICATOR UPDATE: November 2002 Welcome to The Dirksen Congressional Center s Communicator - a web-based e-newsletter providing educators with news and
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      COMMUNICATOR UPDATE: November 2002

      Welcome to The Dirksen Congressional Center's "Communicator" - a
      web-based e-newsletter providing educators with news and ideas to
      enhance civic education and improve the understanding of Congress --


      <<< Join The Dirksen Center Friends! >>>

      The Dirksen Congressional Center is pleased to announce an opportunity
      for you to join "The Dirksen Center Friends." Your $25 annual dues will
      support the work of The Dirksen Congressional Center, a non-partisan,
      not-for-profit organization that conducts educational and research
      programs for scholars, teachers, and students.

      Join now and enjoy the benefits listed at:
      http://www.dirksencenter.org/friends.htm Instructions for becoming a
      Dirksen Center Friend can be found at:

      Thank you for your support!

      <<< Congratulations! >>>

      Congratulations to the following Robert H. Michel Civic Education Grants
      winners for the October 2002 round of competition:

      * Social Science Department at Missouri Southern State College,
      "Congress and the Nation" -- funded at $5,400

      * Raimonda Mikatavage, Independent T.V. Producer, "A Short Course in
      Civic Duty" -- funded at $3,500

      * Plainville (Connecticut) High School, "Curriculum Units for Civics
      and American Government Courses" -- funded at $4,000

      * Yvonne Powell, Jeremiah E. Burke High School, Dorchester,
      Massachusetts, "Congressional Firsts" -- funded at $3,000

      Learn more about these grant projects and others at:

      Do you have a project? Submit a grant proposal! For more information
      about how to submit a Robert H. Michel Civic Education Grants proposal,
      please visit: http://www.dirksencenter.org/grantmichelciviced.htm Final
      proposals for our next round of competition must be received by May 1,
      2003. If you have questions about the Robert H. Michel Civic Education
      Grants, contact Frank Mackaman at mailto:fmackaman@...

      <<< Groundbreaking Ceremony >>>

      On February 11, 2002, The Dirksen Center announced plans to build a new
      facility -- follow developments at:
      http://www.dirksencenter.org/dcbuildingproject.htm Find pictures of the
      October 24, 2002, groundbreaking ceremony at:

      Today it's easier to vote than ever, but there is still a significant
      percentage of Americans who choose not to cast their ballots. In voter
      participation among the countries of the world, the United States ranks
      near the bottom.

      In midterm elections, voter turnout has hovered around 35 percent for
      the past several years. This means that slightly more than one-third of
      eligible voters actually turn out at the polls and vote in midterm
      elections. Teachers, to help your students understand voting as a form
      of political participation introduce the following online activities
      posted on Congress for Kids:

      Political Participation and Voting: Expressing the Popular Will:

      Crossword puzzle --

      Self-assessment multiple-choice and true/false quizzes --

      Redistricting simulation -

      Voting in the United States is a two-step process: a person registers to
      vote at one time and then casts his or her ballot at another. Are you
      registered to vote? If not, register now! Visit our AboutGovernment
      Web site and complete the entire process online in only a couple of
      minutes. Find "Election.com -- Voter Registration for U.S. Citizens in
      the United States" at:

      Teachers, if you are looking for an opportunity to make American
      Government more interactive and the process of voting more meaningful
      for students, introduce our featured CongressLink lesson plan. Find
      Election Activity: Decision 2002 or 3 or 4." at:

      Political scientists have analyzed voting patterns and have found that
      older people with more education and higher income tend to be very
      active politically. The group aged 18 to 21 years old has the lowest
      voting percentage despite the passage of the Twenty-sixth Amendment. Why
      is it important to vote? Steve Frantzich, Professor of Political
      Science at the U.S. Naval Academy, answers this basic question in the
      selection at: http://www.congresslink.org/whyvote.htm

      <<<Featured Project>>>

      Sarah Dwelle, The Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and
      International Studies, Richmond, VA, was awarded a $2,840 Robert H.
      Michel Civic Education Grant for her project, "Promoting Civic
      Involvement Through Simulated Elections and Related Activities." The
      Virginia Student/Parent Mock Election (VSPME) is a nonpartisan effort
      that gives students an opportunity to participate actively in the
      political process by simulating an election in schools throughout the
      state of Virginia. The objective of this project is to create a
      handbook for all participating schools. Learn more about this project
      and others at:

      <<< Who Can Vote? Who Can Play? >>>

      The party of the president almost always loses congressional seats in
      _____ elections, although President Bill Clinton and the Democrats
      bucked this trend in 1998.

      A) Direct
      B) Mid-term
      C) Indirect
      D) Open Primary

      Match the amendment with the group to which it gave the vote.

      ___ 14th Amendment A) women
      ___ 15th Amendment B) residents of Washington, D.C.
      ___ 19th Amendment C) white men who don't own property
      ___ 23rd Amendment D) 18-to 20-year-olds
      ___ 26th Amendment E) men of color over 21

      Which three groups of U.S. citizens are not eligible to vote today?

      Possible Essay Question:

      In 1960, 63% of eligible voters voted, but in 1996, only 49% voted,
      reflecting a steady decline in voter turnout over the last 36 years. Why
      do you think this is the case?

      Answers to October's issue of "Fun, Facts, and Trivia" link here:

      That will do it for this month. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Encourage
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