Why Do We Vote on a Tuesday in November?

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What do farmers have to do with voting on Tuesdays? Eighth graders learn more about the electoral system in America with an informative reading selection about the history of Election Tuesday. After they finish a short passage, they answer 10 questions that address the main idea, inferences through evidence, and content comprehension.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Include in a homework packet during a focus on informational reading
  • Connect the reading between language arts and social studies
  • Encourage your class to write a journal entry from the perspective of either a farmer in the 1800's who must travel for a day in order to vote, or from a woman in the same period who cannot vote
  • Bring to class during an election year or when focusing on the American voting system
Classroom Considerations

  • Font for the assessment is light, but should print legibly
Pros

  • Provides an answer key
  • Aligned to the Common Core standards for reading informational text
  • Comes with both multiple-choice questions and short answer responses
Cons

  • None
Common Core