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Voting! What's It All About?

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Voting! What's It All About?

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Eight 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Renee Goularte

Renee Goularte

Magalia, California


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Sticky notes

  • Writing paper

  • Chart paper and white butcher paper

  • Daily newspaper

  • News magazines

  • Wall space

  • Large basket (optional)

  • Voting and Election Book List

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Persuasion Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Persuasion Map

The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.



Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing


Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.


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Fact-Opinion Writing Rubric

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  • Collect a set of books for read-aloud and student reading. Suggested titles are available on the Voting and Election Book List.

  • Explore background information on creating graffiti walls.

  • So the students understand their goal, create a graffiti-wall mural on another topic for students to use as an example. Your example can focus on a recent unit of study or a completed book.

  • Select a few appropriate newspaper or magazine articles about voting to get student groups started.

  • Get a local/national newspaper subscription for the classroom (optional).

  • Make copies of the Fact-Opinion Writing Rubric if you plan to use it as part of your assessment of this lesson.

  • Arrange for appropriate technology resources for the sessions you or the students will be doing work on the Internet.

  • Bookmark the Election Websites page for student use.

  • Test the Persuasion Map and Timeline Tool on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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