Lesson  Elections / The Voting Process
Content Area  Social Studies
Unit  Our Government
  • Standard 1: Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, themes, eras, developments, and turning points in the history of the United States and New York.
  • People in rural, urban, and suburban communities develop rules and laws to govern and protect community members.
  • Our local communities have elected and appointed leaders who make, enforce, and interpret rules and laws.


  • Students will conceptualize the need/importance of a democracy and the voting process.
  • Students will also be able to explain the history of voting requirements

Click on image of book to get to Book Flix

  1. Teacher will activate student thinking by asking when they have to make choices.
  2. Read and discuss Election Day from Book Flix.  Be sure to point out the “Vote For Me” posters because students will be making their own.
  3. When you get to page 15 of the book, prepare students for the following activity: Hand out index cards with phrases such as: African American citizen, land owning male, woman, 13 year old boy, non-and owner, not an American citizen, White Man, etc.  Ask students to read their index card aloud.  Through class discussion, decide which index card people were allowed to vote when our country was young (long ago).  Ones that couldn’t vote should sit down.  Discuss how people feel about this.  Now do the activity one more time, but this time in the present tense. The only people that should be sitting are ones that are not 18 or not an American citizen.
  4. Complete the “The Voting Process” paper.

  • Book Flix
  • Internet / Smart Board
  • class set of voting paper
  • voting box
Formative Assessment  The Voting Process page

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