Making First Vote Your Vote: Designing a Schoolwide Election

Encourage pupils to design an election plan for the entire school. They participate in a Board of Elections, create polling rules, discuss election controversies, write questions about the issues, run the election through an online platform, and analyze the results.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the research section as essay-writing assignments to help learners think critically on an individual level
  • Add a reflection activity after the results of the voting to discuss as a class
Classroom Considerations

  • Amount of time to complete the lesson depends on your individual class
  • Recommended as a part of a larger unit on democracy and elections
Pros

  • Builds a sense of community
  • Addresses data tracking, data analysis, communication, technology, project management, and creative skills
  • Collaborative activity makes instruction memorable
Cons

  • None