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Sarah Wesseler

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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Social Studies, Civics, Geography, English Language Arts

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  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - South, USA - Midwest, Texas, Ohio

Gerrymandering Is a Climate Problem

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Synopsis
  • This article outlines how gerrymandering impacts climate change legislation at the state level, using examples from Texas and Ohio to illustrate the point.
  • This article includes information on redistricting vs. gerrymandering, gerrymandering's effects, different ways of redistricting, and environmental justice. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This article shines a light on the problem of gerrymandering in the United States and how it hinders climate legislation.
  • This article links to many other resources for further research.

Additional Prerequisites

  • States redistrict their congressional maps after the decennial census, which happens every ten years. The last redistricting happened in 2020.

Differentiation

  • Art students can analyze the political cartoon at the top of the article.
  • Students in social studies or civics class can research their home state to see how their districts are drawn. Students can discuss whether they think their districts are gerrymandered or not.
  • Students can conduct further research using wonderful resources from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. Two great resources include these climate opinion factsheets and these climate opinion maps.
Scientist Notes
This resource provides insights on redistricting and issues surrounding politics of climate change. It explores the political will from the different political parties towards addressing issues on environmental justice and climate change. This is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.6.1 Cite textual evidence to support an analysis of what the text says explicitly/implicitly and make logical inferences. (RI&RL)
  • Social Studies
    • Political Science
      • SS.PS3.a.m Assess voter participation in elections. Explain their role in government at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels.
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