Fall Extended High School Lesson plans
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Lesson 1: Who Can Vote in the United States? Print E-mail


This lesson challenges students to speculate about what voting requirements are and then compare their understanding of voting requirements with the actual voting requirements in the U.S. Constitution and its suffrage amendments. Students learn that states have the authority over the voter registration process and can add additional requirements.

Lesson 2: Becoming a Voter Print E-mail

In this lesson, students apply their state’s requirements for registering to vote. Students learn when and how to register, how to complete a voter registration form, and when and how to reregister.

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


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 generational 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 may reach the conclusion that they have significant voting power if they register and vote.

Lesson 3: The Ballot and Questions Print E-mail


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 introduced with in-depth 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 or no 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: Polling Place and Poll Worker Positions Print E-mail


In this lesson, students learn how to set up a polling place in a classroom or school hallway to accommodate “Election Day” voters. Students learn about poll worker positions and their responsibilities and are assigned roles at the polls. The polling place should approximate the
setup of a real polling place as closely as possible. Ideally, the Registrar of Voters will accept your invitation to address the class about the polling place and poll worker responsibilities.

Lesson 5: The Culminating Activity: 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 election simulation 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.