Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Voting, and supports the standards associated with recognizing the rights and responsibilities of citizens, such as electing our representatives.  Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.


Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display the an image of a person voting, like this one:  

Ask: 

  • What is this person doing?
  • Why is it important?
  • What might someone do to prepare to vote? 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Way Back When,” “In Practice,” or “Real Life.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a PSA encouraging people to vote.
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map comparing and contrasting voting in   Ancient Athens, the Roman Republic, and the United States. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum with artifacts that represent elements of the American voting process. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about voting. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • Why is voting both a right AND a responsibility? 
  • How did the democracies of ancient Athens and Rome inform voting practices in the U.S.? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Voting Challenge

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Practice being an informed voter with the game Cast Your Vote 

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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