Let’s learn to gerrymander

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This cartoon was popular in 1812 when the Massachusetts governor, Elbridge Gerry, signed into law a redistricting plan designed to keep his party in control during the next election. The districts were so strangely delineated that people thought that the map looked like a salamander ... but this one was a Gerry-mander.

In this activity student first try to redistrict our pretend state in order to preserve the overall state's balance in its new districting plan.  Then, students redistrict our pretend state in a way that insures that the minority party will win the state's votes.


For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions.

Gerrymandering.docx    Gerrymandering-solution.pdf

CCSS: 6.RPA, 7.RPA, MP1, MP2, MP4, MP7


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