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.
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.
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