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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.
Keep Your Eye On the Prize
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.
Does My Vote Really Matter?
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.
The Right to Vote
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.
Students explore the process of voting. They study the lawmaking branch of the state government.
You won't just get a lesson plan 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 plan and activities are wonderful examples of active engagement and purposeful learning.
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.
The President's Roles and Responsibilities: Communicating with the President
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.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
Imagine what it was like to be a slave in the United States in 1845. Eighth graders are given an opportunity to experience life from the point of view of Frederick Douglass as they read and discuss an annotated passage from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself. Guided by a series of text-dependent questions, class members conduct a close reading of the passage, and consider how Douglass’ use of language creates the emotional impact of the excerpt. The carefully designed packet includes directions for teachers, guiding questions for students, suggested activities, and writing prompts that ask participants to craft an emotional response to the passage.
Stand Up. . . Be InCtrl!
What is the difference between a bystander and an upstander? A collaborative project created through digital media will help the class understand that they can participate in an online community respectfully and responsibly. They consider the impact of cyberbullying and how their language or actions can impact others. Then, in small groups, they create surveys to distribute, collect, and evaluate. They use the data they collected to create a campaign to stop cyberbullies. Note: The lesson is great, but it needs to extend to applications in the real world, bullying happens everywhere, not just in cyberspace.
Qualifying to Vote Under Jim Crow
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.
Voting a Privilege Through Registration
Learners 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.
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.
With Power Comes Responsibility
Students identify characteristics and responsibilities they have in order to be good digital citizens. For this online lesson plan, students discuss what it means to have respect for others online.
Rocking the Vote
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.
Students examine voting rights in the United Kingdom. In this British government instructional activity, students participate in classroom activities that require them to examine voting rights today and compare them with voting rights before British suffrage movements.
Get Out the Vote!
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.
Securing the Right to Vote: The Selma-to-Montgomery Story
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.
Rights and Responsibilities
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 worksheet 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.
Main Ideas in Informational Text: Analyzing a Firsthand Human Rights Account for Connections to Specific Articles of the UDHR
Lesson 10 in a series of human rights lessons focuses on the skills of finding evidence and summarizing. Your young readers work to compare the two texts they have read in this unit: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and “Teaching Nepalis to Read, Plant, and Vote”. Groups start by nicknaming articles from the UDHR with names like "right to marry" or "right to vote". After reviewing and summarizing the UDHR articles with nicknames, groups will work to match these various rights with instances in “Teaching Nepalis to Read, Plant, and Vote”. To wrap-up the lesson plan, individuals will write a short opinion piece on rights that were upheld or violated using the firsthand account as evidence. Note: See the additional materials to find an index for all of these lessons.