Explore the evolution of voting rights in the Unites States through an interactive PowerPoint presentation highlighting landmark changes. Following the presentation and class discussion, students apply the new knowledge of voting legislation to individual scenarios through a class activity.
Students will be able to:
ANTICIPATE the lesson by asking the following question stream: “Have you ever voted in some kind of election or contest? When and for what? Were there rules for who could vote? Why do we have rules for voting?” (if they are struggling mention American Idol, Student Council, etc.)
DISTRIBUTE the So you think you can VOTE? student worksheet
REVIEW the instructions and structure of the student worksheet.
RUN the So you think you can VOTE? PowerPoint. Read through the slide show with the students, asking any relevant questions that come up. (If you are unable to use the PowerPoint, distribure the chart to the students to use as a reasource.)
OPTIONAL: Ask the students to identify the message or content of the images provided. (Poll tax political cartoon, woman with newspaper, etc.) Ask, “What can we learn from the image that helps us with the facts on the slide?”
MONITOR that all students are actively filling in their worksheets as the slide show progresses.
REVIEW Voting Rights chart and instructions for ‘Do They Have the Right to Vote?’ independent assignment. Read through the example question together.
ASSIGN the completion of the worksheet