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What Does It Mean to Vote? MS

Length of Time:   30 Minutes


Voting is both a right and a privilege in the United States. Who gets to vote has been one of the most important parts of our nation’s story. Originally, only white men who owned property were allowed to vote. The struggle to include everyone else has reflected the best and worst of our history.

Essential Questions

How has the right to vote evolved over the course of the nation’s history?

Common Core Standards

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.

Content Standards

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

Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks

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