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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Voting! What’s It All About?
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Unit|
|Estimated Time||Eight 50-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Sticky notes
- Writing paper
- Chart paper and white butcher paper
- Daily newspaper
- News magazines
- Wall space
- Large basket (optional)
- Voting and Election Book List
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
Students can generate descriptive timelines that can be plotted with their choice of units of measure (date, time, event, entry, or other).
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.
- 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.