Election Lesson Plan: Cast Your Vote!
Submitted by: Holly Brown
In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students use BrainPOP resources to collect information on the two political parties and compare and contrast them. Students develop an understanding of the voting process and design a mock election. They then create materials to illustrate their own original political parties and platforms.
Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments
- Collect information on the two political parties and compare
- Create materials to illustrate their own original political parties and platforms
- Understand the voting process and design a mock election
- Construction paper
- Poster board
- Access to computers with internet & projector
- Rubric for posters and speeches
Preparation:Preview political clips on: YouTube's You Choose Channel before viewing with students. Create rubrics for posters and speeches. Collect newspapers for students to look at political ads.
- Begin to complete the Vocabulary Page to assess what terms students are already familiar with.
- Show the Political Beliefs movie with closed captioning, pausing to discuss key concepts and take notes on the Vocabulary Activity Page.
- Discuss the presidential candidates for the upcoming election.
- Show political clips from Youtube's You Choose Channel.
- Use BrainPOP's Graphic Organizer to list each candidate's political beliefs.
- Take the Political Beliefs Quiz for a grade.
- Pass out True or False Activity Page from the Voting movie. Complete and discuss.
- Each student will have a platform on how to make the class "better" in some way, and create a political poster with their "platform for a better classroom."
- Each student will give a 3 minute speech on their platform. The class will vote on the best platform to make the classroom a better place in a mock election before the presidential election. Students will follow up with presidential election results once they are announced.
- As a follow up activity, ask family members why it is important to vote and write a 5 paragraph essay on why you should vote.