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Students demonstrate knowledge of candidates and issues by making an oral presentation. They fill out a voter registration card and turn it in to a designated person, perform jobs that imitate precinct workers and vote responsibly.
Students are engaged in the following: "Does my vote really matter?" will serve as the focus for this instructional activity. They research information related to close elections in the United States.
Students discover voting barriers. In this government lesson, students explore the history of voting. Students work in small groups to analyze and debate if certain groups of people should have the ability to vote or not.
Learners explore the process of voting. They study the lawmaking branch of the state government.
High schoolers learn about citizens who were actively involved in the civil rights movement, and the strategies they used to overcome the Jim Crow laws that were so prevalent in the 1960s. They investigate the voting amendments of the US Constitution, and apply these ammendments during a hands-on simulation. Video and Internet resources are also used in this most-impressive high school history lesson plan.
Explore the discrepancies in Florida's vote counting process in 2000 and 2002 with this New York Times reading lesson. Middle schoolers study the viewpoints presented in informational text, paying attention to how word choice can formulate each argument. They then present their findings on a master timeline that synthesizes the important voting issues of today.
Students examine the roles and responsibilities of the U.S. president and their own roles as citizens of a democracy. They explore various websites, listen to a State of the Union address, and write a letter to the President of the United States.
Students explore how a presidential candidate can win the popular vote but not receive enough electoral votes to win the election. They analyze various regions' voting trends, explore how these trends reflect the outcome of the 2004 election.
Young scholars examine voting rights in the United Kingdom. In this British government lesson, students participate in classroom activities that require them to examine voting rights today and compare them with voting rights before British suffrage movements. 
Pupils discuss importance of voting within a democracy, and investigate reasons why people vote, and why they don't. Students then conduct survey, make hypotheses about voter motivation, and develop materials to promote voting among young people.
Students examine the suffrage struggle of African Americans. In this American history lesson, students research primary documents regarding the strategies used by African Americans to secure the right to vote during the Civil Rights Movement. Students analyze the success of the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
Students research the history of United States voting rights to describe and analyze why voting rights and responsibilities are important. They investigate famous suffragists like Susan B. Anthony and then create a "wanted" poster and profile.
Compare the rights and responsibilities of a juvenile inmate with those of free U.S. citizens. Learners examine Jordan's rights at the Calhoun County Juvenile Home and respond by indicating which ones they understand and which they don't. Then, the class looks at U.S. citizen rights and responsibilities and respond to a writing prompt comparing them to Jordan's rights. Note this activity labels jury duty as a right, when many sources would argue it is a responsibility. This could start some good discussion as an introduction to basic human rights. This is part of a larger legal unit focusing on four case studies.
You won't just get a lesson when you click on this resource. As you click on the related resources located to the left of the screen, you'll find, a professional development video, teacher/student notes, lesson plan, and related reading materials. Twelfth graders will be actively engaged in learning about law, voting, and the importance of political platforms by participating in a national student forum. The lesson and activities are wonderful examples of active engagement and purposeful learning.
Eighth graders explore the impact of exercising voting rights. In this election lesson, 8th graders research the importance of voting and use technology tools to share their findings about national, state, and local election campaigns.
Students identify characteristics and responsibilities they have in order to be good digital citizens. In this online lesson plan, students discuss what it means to have respect for others online.
Literacy tests, poll taxes, grandfather laws? Scholars study the systematic ways African-Americans were kept from voting even after it was made a law. They analyze a series of primary source documents, complete a worksheet, and engaged in a class discussion. Tip: This would be a good lesson to use with a role-play activity.
Students explain the importance of voter registration. prepare the student body for voter registration by making posters and working through rosters to determine who has voted and who has not.
Students examine the voting process, the reasons citizens should vote, and participate in a community drive to sign up new voters. After looking at websites, students create a poster that outlines the reasons to vote, participate in a debate on voting, create brochures and PowerPoint presentations, and set up a voter information and registration table at a local store.
Students participate in a simulation and compare and contrast the arguments for and against womens' right to vote. In this civil rights lesson plan, students simulate disenfranchisement of women by allowing only half of the class to vote on a topic. Students read background information on women's suffrage and view a biographical film on Catt and take notes. Students  prepare cases and debate women's right to vote.

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