Elections and Voting Lesson Plans
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- Campaign Ad Critique- "Students analyze current campaign TV ads and literature. They identify the ad by "type." They learn to look beyond the ad to understand its intended purposes and its real content."
- Civil Rights Movement and Voting - Students will develop a timeline that outlines events and key people during the Civil Rights Movement and explain how this movement impacts voting in today's society.
- Constitutional Amendments Survey - Students conduct a Constitutional Amendments Survey to create an opinion poll forum for the upcoming Florida vote.
- Determining the President of 1860 - The learner will determine who won the U.S. Presidential election of 1860. Students will find the information online, create a database, manipulate a spreadsheet and present findings.
- Election Results Map- "Students create maps with a color key showing election night returns."
- Election Unit - The student will be able to write an essay about the election process in America.
- Every Vote Counts - This is a multi-phase activity designed to increase student awareness and participation in the voting process.
- Get Out and Vote! - Students will have a desire to vote and will research candidates before voting.
- Getting Out the Vote: An Election Day Classroom Experiment- "An experiment drives home to students the importance of voting!"
- Graphically Speaking- "Explore the relationship between congressional representation and state population by graphing current statistics and taking a historical look at the Constitution."
- If I Were President ...- "Students think critically about the campaign issues in the current election."
- Presidential Election - This November there will be a presidential election. this is the perfect time to learn about the electio process.
- Presidents at Inauguration Graph: How Old Were They?- "Students graph the presidents' ages at inauguration. Who was the youngest president? the oldest?"
- Propaganda Techniques - How do political Parties use propaganda techniques to create influence the way people vote ina general election.
- Rock the Vote - Students get the opportunity to participate in the process of making laws. After reenacting this process, they explain the function and duties of the House and the Senate within the Florida government.
- Tasty Mapping- "After learning about government services and branches of local government, students identify important landmarks, institutions, and structures within their own community, creating an edible map to share with classmates, parents and community members."
- Take a Stand!- "Students take a unique approach to a classroom discussion/debate of the election process!"
- Terms of Office!- "Students create a classroom dictionary of election terms."
- The Economics of Voting: What Do You Mean, My Vote Doesn't Count?- This lesson explores the costs and benefits associated with voting in national elections. Specifically, the concepts of rational apathy, rational ignorance and expressive voting are explained.
- The Electoral College- When has the Electoral College been a deciding factor in an election?
- The Presidential Election Process - Students will know who the two major candidates that will be running for election are and what party they are affiliated with.
- The Mystery of the Voters Who Don't Vote- Only about half of all eligible voters vote in presidential elections, for example. This lesson plan asks and answers the question: "Why don't more Americans vote?"
- The Perfect President- "Identify the legal requirements, previous experiences, and personality traits that equip someone to be a successful president."
- To Vote Or Not To Vote- "Examine the history of voting rights in America, explore the current-day problem of low voter turnout, and create community surveys to evaluate different ways to improve voter registration and voter participation."
- What Are the Important Issues?- "Students determine the most important issue of the current campaign."
- Why Bother To Vote In Florida? - This lesson provides opportunities for students to gain knowledge about the Florida 2000 Presidential Election, proposed changes in the process, and to practice communication skills, including listening and speaking.
- Why Can't I Vote? - The students assume the roles of black and white voters prior to the passage of the Voting Rights Act in order to appreciate their own culture, cultures of others and gain perspective of other ethnic groups.
- Why Vote: A Public Awareness Campaign- "Learn about the important public services that government provides, and by extension, the importance of voting in local, state and federal elections."
- Will the Best Candidate Win?- Learn about various voting methods, ways in which these methods can be manipulated to achieve certain outcomes, and the impossibility of fair elections when more than two alternatives are available.
- Writing A Voting Amendment - To have students write their own voting amendment similar to the amendments in the Constitution of the United States to reinforce understanding of how the voting amendments were written by the framers of this important document.