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Voting is habit-forming. When young people learn the voting process and vote, they are more likely to do so when they are older. Help us raise a new generation of voters.

The US currently faces a crisis in civic participation. 43% of young people are unsure of Early Voting laws in their state and 41% of young people are unsure of Photo ID laws in their state.

Young people are a major subset of the electorate and their voices matter. 22×20 is a national coalition that will work towards increasing teen engagement in electoral processes in order to be informed participants in US democracy.

Join us on January 30, 2018 for the State of the Union (SOTU) address. We’ve pulled together resources to help you and other educators facilitate discussions about political media and the future of the US.

This curriculum package can be used in your class, while hosting one of our action parties, or as a follow-up to watching our “States of Youth” event, which will provide a live conversation among teens.

Here are some ideas to help teach media literacy:

  • Leading up to the SOTU: Parties could include youth-driven media creation, social media campaigns about how youth see the state of their communities, and a conversation about what they’d like the President to address in his speech. Check out KQED’s State of the Union lesson plan to learn how you can connect the newsroom to the classroom.
  • During the SOTU: Parties could use existing tools like the “Analyzing the Messages of the State of the Union Address” resource from the National Council for the Social StudiesEngagementLab’s Suite,’s Popcorn, or The LAMP’s MediaBreaker to enable youth to make memes and remixes of SOTU coverage or the speech itself.
  • After the SOTU: Using tools, such as those from Hypothesis and KQED, young people can collaborate on a fact-checked, annotated version of the SOTU. They can also continue to meme, remix, and jam the address and its media coverage.
    • Poynter Institute FACTCheck Sheet: Learn to fact-check like the best in the world with these 10 tips and get closer to the truth when you listen to the President’s State of the Union speech.
    • Breaking News Consumer Handbook: From WNYC’s On The Media, Rather than counting on news outlets to get it right, they look at the other end. These are tips for how, in the wake of a big, tragic story, you can sort good information from bad.
      • Printable PDF that you can tape to your wall the next time you encounter a big news event.
      • Podcast version of the Breaking News Consumer Handbook.
    • Lesson Plans: From Teaching for Democracy, classroom activities and resources to equip teachers and administrators to talk about elections & voting in a productive way and provide students with long-term civic engagement tools.

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