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New Review Voting Rights
Here you'll not only find a document outlining major shifts in voting-right policy in the United States, but also worksheets that will help your learners identify at what points in time groups such as women, Native Americans, and residents of Washington DC received the right to vote.
Should voting in the United States be compulsory? In 2004, fewer than 60 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the American national elections. After reviewing arguments for and against compulsory voting, your young citizens will compose letters to the editors of their local newspapers in which they discuss whether they believe voting should be compulsory.
Students are engaged in the following: "Does my vote really matter?" will serve as the focus for this lesson. They research information related to close elections in the United States.
Learners discover voting barriers. In this government lesson, students explore the history of voting. Learners work in small groups to analyze and debate if certain groups of people should have the ability to vote or not.
Students explore the process of voting. They study the lawmaking branch of the state government.
New Review Responsibility and the U.S. Constitution
When are responsibilities freely chosen, and when have they actually been imposed on us? Here you'll find a unique way to frame your class discussion on civic duty and responsibilities inherent in the United States Constitution.
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.
Students 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 instructional activity, 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.
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.
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, 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.
Students explore popular votes and electoral votes. In this voting lesson, students investigate the difference between popular votes and electoral votes. Students hold their own election where students vote on types of brownies.
Sixth graders practice a voting method. In this presidential election lesson, 6th graders review the concept of checks and balances, learn new terms such as the electoral college and the electoral vote, map out the electoral votes and discuss the reasoning behind developing the electoral college.