Lesson Plan

Voting isn't a requirement, but it is our responsibility and our right. It's the most direct way that every citizen can influence government, but many citizens just don't do it. In this lesson, students find out who can vote and the differences in voting by state. They will consider the importance of voting, connect with current issues, and decide for themselves if voting is something they will do.

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  • Identify voting as a direct way for citizens to participate in federal, state, and local governments
  • Examine how voting rights have expanded over time
  • Recognize that voting requirements and policies are governed by states and that different states have different rules
  • Describe current issues surrounding voting and their impact


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