Draw the Lines in a day

Students will be able to ...

- Identify key components of gerrymandering, including redistricting, cracking, and packing.

- Describe how gerrymandering impacts how government implements policies.

- Analyze the impact of gerrymandering on the value of one person’s vote. 

- Identify and analyze the different values that are commonly brought to the task of drawing a Congressional map.

- Create their own congressional voting map.

In order to ...

- Understand the ramifications of gerrymandering on representation and the legislative process in the U.S. government.

- Understand how to draw a congressional map that represents values that are important to students.

Time commitment

One class period (about 45 minutes)

PA Standards Met

5.2.(class).C. - Political leadership and public service

5.2.(class).D. - Citizen’s role in political process

5.3.(class).D. - Elections, mass media, interest groups

7.2. - Physical characteristics of places and regions

7.3. - Human characteristics of places and regions

15.4.8.D. - Projects using emerging input technologies

  • Bell Ringer: Important issues that impact my life

    This 5 minute opening activity leads to a short discussion about how gerrymandering prevents action on issues that impact students' lives.

  • Video Analysis - 3-2-1 Notes

    This three-minute video gives students the very basics on gerrymandering.

  • Role playing as political consultant

    Student handout that simply and graphically demonstrates what gerrymandering is and does.

  • Flashes of Insight

    Which values are most important when drawing a map? This popular activity gets students to think about the motivations for why voting districts have their crazy shapes.

  • Option A: Finish a nearly completed map

    The quicker way to complete a map. Start with a nearly complete template, and as a class or individually, students can complete PA's final few districts.