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CURRENT EVENT | DECEMBER 21, 2021

How Gerrymandering Impacts Voters

Republican politicians in Texas are redrawing district lines, giving white people disproportionate representation in state elections. The controversial practice, called gerrymandering, has long been used as a tool by politicians to help their party win elections. Although legal, the practice can negatively impact important aspects of free elections including how campaigns are run and who shows up to vote. Listen to learn more about gerrymandering and the various ways it can undermine democracy.

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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