Fall 5-Day Brief High School Lesson Plans
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Lesson 1: Who Can Vote in the United States? Print E-mail

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This lesson challenges students to speculate about what voting requirements are and then compare their understanding of voting requirements with the actual voting requirements set by selected amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

 
Lesson 2: Becoming a Voter: Who Can Register to Vote? Print E-mail

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In this lesson, students apply their state’s requirements for voter registration. Students learn when to register and how to complete a voter registration form. A critical thinking activity gives students the opportunity to apply a federal law (National Voter Registration Act of 1993, or Motor Voter Act) and a court decision (Wesley v. Cox, 2005) to the voting registration process to determine if state registration requirements are legal.

 
Enrichment Lesson: Why Does Granny Control the Vote? Print E-mail

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This lesson exposes students to youth voting trends and how they compare to their parents’ and grandparents’ participation in voting. Students are introduced to articles about generation voting trends. Groups work with U.S. Census Bureau charts and graphs to determine voting results among generations, genders, and education levels in the November 2008 presidential election. Students might reach the conclusion that they have significant voting power if they register and vote.

 
Lesson 3: The Ballot and Questions Print E-mail

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This lesson focuses on a voter’s need to be fully informed prior to casting a vote on Election Day and how to acquire the necessary information. In this lesson, the ballot for the upcoming election is reviewed with information on the offices and questions to be voted upon. Students learn the qualifications, term of office, and the responsibilities for each contested office on the ballot. The definitions for an initiative, referendum, and amendment are learned and applied to ballot questions. Students learn what a yes, no, or abstain vote means on each ballot question. By completing the handouts for school referendums, students are given the opportunity to think critically and to learn firsthand why voters need to be fully informed about ballot questions.

 
Lesson 4: The Culminating Activity: In-Class Simulated Election Print E-mail

downloadIn this lesson, students apply what they have learned about voting procedures and experience the processes similar to a real election polling site by role-playing selected poll worker positions with specific duties. Students become familiar with the polling site procedures and mechanics of voting in their state. Students cast their vote in an environment that approximates an actual polling place. The lesson’s simulated election coincides with the actual November general election for a more authentic experience. A supervisor, ideally the registrar of voters, should be in the vicinity of the voting booths to assist students who may have questions about the voting process and mechanism.

 
Lesson 5: The Culminating Activity: All-School Simulated Election Print E-mail

downloadIn this lesson, students apply what they have learned about voting procedures and experience the processes similar to a real election polling site by role-playing poll workers with specific duties. Students become familiar with the polling site procedures and mechanics of voting in their state. Students cast their vote and assist others with voting in an environment that approximates an actual polling place. The lesson’s simulated election coincides with the actual November general election for a more authentic experience. A supervisor, ideally the registrar of voters, should be in the vicinity of the voting booths to assist students who may have questions about the voting process and mechanism.