The Twenty-Sixth Amendment and the Power of Youth

Empower teenagers to take political matters into their own hands! After completing an engaging warm-up activity, class members discuss both sides of the youth voting issue, learn about the connection between military history and the Twenty-Sixth Amendment, and write a letter to enact policy change.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Extend step three in the procedure by assigning the topic as a take-home research project
Classroom Considerations

  • Includes all the handouts you need
  • Some prep required; you must provide a list of policy makers in your area
Pros

  • Engages pupils with kinesthetic warm-up activity
  • Enables future participation in democracy
  • Incorporates a variety of activities 
  • A background lesson that goes more into depth on the draft makes the exercises even more effective
Cons

  • None