America Votes, Gr 6-8
Length of Time: 4-6 class periods
This four lesson unit allow students to explore different issues surrounding our electoral process. Designed to supplement a standard Social Studies curriculum, there are materials related to Political Cartoons, Election Maps, Political Parties and Voting Rights. Using data, visual resources, and complex texts students will be guided from past to present to understand our complicated and occasionally confounding electoral process. Lessons include identified standards, detailed procedures, Student Sheets, hard copies of resources, and assessment criteria. Companion lessons on the site include Make Sense of the Electoral College, Presidential Checks and Balances, and The Constitution and Compromise.
How does this essential right become distorted throughout our nation's past and present?
Common Core Standards
Grades 6-8: English/Language Arts; History/Social Studies
Key Ideas and Details
RH.6-8.2. Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
RH.6-8.7. Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
National Geography Standards
Standard 1: How to Use Maps and Other Geographic Representations, Tools, and Technologies to Acquire, Process, and Report Information from a Spatial Perspective
Standard 3: How to Analyze the Spatial Organization of People, Places, and Environments on Earth’s Surface
Standard 17: How to Apply Geography to Interpret the Past
US History 1
History and Geography
Interpret Graphs, Charts and Maps
The Formation and Framework of American Democracy
Historical and Intellectual Origins of the US during the Constitutional Era
Basic Framework of American Democracy and Concepts of Government
Antebellum Expansion of Suffrage
Age of Jackson
Civil War and Reconstruction