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November 04

Today is Election Day.

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Today is Election Day.

Grades 3 – 12
Calendar Activity Type Holiday & School Celebration

 

EVENT DESCRIPTION

 

 

Election Day is held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The first uniform Election Day was observed on November 4, 1845.

CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

 

 

Have your students get involved with Election Day by creating posters to advertise Election Day and encourage registered voters to exercise their right to vote. Have small groups of students brainstorm lists of reasons why people should vote. Then, have them work in their groups to create posters using poster paper and paint or felt-tipped markers. Alternatively, they can use the ReadWriteThink Printing Press to create flyers. Students can also write persuasive essays that underscore the importance of getting out to vote or create a public service announcement or other multimedia persuasive piece. The ReadWriteThink lessons MyTube: Changing the World with Video Public Service Announcements and Students as Creators: Exploring Multimedia can be adapted for use with this activity.

WEBSITES

 

 
  • Vote: The Machinery of Democracy

    This website, from the National Museum of American History, looks at the history of voting methods in the United States. The resource explores how ballots and voting systems have evolved over the years as a response to political, social, and technological change, transforming the ways in which Americans vote.

  • Newseum: Decision 2012

    This site includes a timeline of media coverage of important presidential races and presidencies.

  • The Democracy Project: Inside the Voting Booth

    This resource, from PBS, introduces elementary-aged children to the importance of voting in a fun, interactive way.

  • Election Day

    This website, from the Library of Congress, focuses on some of the memorable elections since the first uniform Election Day on November 4, 1845.

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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Analyzing the Stylistic Choices of Political Cartoonists

Students explore and analyze the techniques that political (or editorial) cartoonists use and draw conclusions about why the cartoonists choose those techniques to communicate their messages.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Vote for Me! Making Presidential Commercials Using Avatars

After researching political platforms of past presidents through primary sources and other resources, students create commercials for these presidents using Voki, an online web tool that produces speaking avatars.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Voting! What’s It All About?

Students explore a variety of sources for information about voting. They evaluate the information to determine if it is fact or opinion, and then create a graffiti wall about voting.

 

Grades   4 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Vote for Me! Developing, Writing, and Evaluating Persuasive Speeches

This lesson encourages students in grades 4 and 5 to think critically and write persuasively by focusing on preparing, presenting, and evaluating mock campaign speeches.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Propaganda Techniques in Literature and Online Political Ads

Students analyze propaganda techniques used in pieces of literature and political advertisements. They then look for propaganda in other media, such as print ads and commercials.