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Grades 2-3 Social Studies Wendy's World Series
Get Out the Vote



Get Out the Vote
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.62

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    council, honesty, representative, responsibility, house, poster, activity, comic, excited, select, resting, shoulder, vote, during, front, decide
     content words:    Backwards Day


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Get Out the Vote
By Jane Runyon
  

1     Tim and Tess's house was a beehive of activity. Wendy was busy cutting out pictures. She then pasted them on a poster. Tess was busy coloring letters. Tim was busy writing a speech. Tim wanted to be on the student council for his school.
 
2     Student council got to meet during lunch hour one day every week. They talked about what was happening at their school. They sold snacks at lunch. They asked the principal for special days like "Backwards Day." On "Backwards Day" the students at the school could wear their shirts and coats backwards. They looked pretty funny.
 
3     Another student in Tim's class wanted to be on the student council also. His name was Joey. Tim's teacher decided to have an election. The class would vote for one of the boys. The two boys were allowed to make posters. They could hand out flyers telling the students why they should be elected. Wendy and Tess had offered to help Tim.
 
4     Tim and Joey were to give a speech in front of the class the next day. Tim decided to tell the students how important it was to vote. Wendy suggested that he talk about responsibility. "Tim," she said, "everyone has a responsibility to select good leaders. It is important that the voters learn all they can about each person running."
 
5     "I have worked hard on that," said Tim. "I have put everything on my posters that I want the class to know about me."
 
6     "Yes, you have," said Tess. "You've told them you like sports and comic books."
 
7     "Did you tell them why you would be a good student council member?" asked Wendy.
 
8     "If I tell them what I like," answered Tim, "they will know I will be good."
 
9     "You need to tell your class what you will do for them," said Wendy. "After all, you will be their representative."

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