Voting gives citizens a voice in government<br />Why is voting important?<br />
Thoughts on voting<br />“People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people.  Of course...
Unit divider page<br />On the reverse side of your construction paper include:<br />Unit Title: Voting Gives Citizens a Vo...
Preview: Voter elimination (L27)<br />In the “Voter Elimination” activity, you learned that only white males were allowed ...
Concept map: voting rights amendments (R28)<br />to vote<br />the right<br />slaves<br />in 1870<br />gave<br />was passed...
senators<br />to vote<br />to vote for<br />the right<br />in 1913<br />all voters<br />slaves<br />in 1870<br />was ratif...
in 1971<br />was ratified<br />was ratified<br />in 1920<br />gave<br />lowered the<br />was ratified<br />women<br />elim...
Process: voting “wordle” (L27)<br />Create a wordle (a word cloud) using the key concepts from your concept map on the vot...
Checkup quiz 3: voting amendments (10 points)<br />Copy down the chart below. Using the information in your concept map, f...
Through our game “All Mixed Up” you now know the order of events involved in electing president (or other official) to off...
Each group will be assigned a different step in the process and will create a PowerPoint slide (or slides) explaining the ...
Voter Importance (L31 & R32):<br /><ul><li>Take out your notebook and open to pages L31 and R32
On these pages (L31 & R32) you will do the following:</li></ul>Choose one of the steps on “The Road to Office” that you fe...
Preview part 1: age is just a number  (L33)<br />Take out your notebook and open to page L33 (the page after your poster/p...
Preview part 2: 18 (L33)<br />Consider whether you think that 18 is an appropriate age to allow people to vote. Should it ...
“Dear congressman” letter (R34)<br />You will be writing a letter to your local congressman about your opinion regarding v...
Letter format<br />SAMPLE<br />Date<br />Dear Congressman Mica,<br />My name is ____________. I am a 7th grader at DeLand ...
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Voting Gives Citizens A Voice

  1. 1. Voting gives citizens a voice in government<br />Why is voting important?<br />
  2. 2. Thoughts on voting<br />“People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people.  Of course, that is not true.  Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote - a very different thing.”  <br />Walter H. Judd<br />Listen to The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel and read the lyrics.<br />On your construction paper<br />Title your paper: The Sound of Silence<br />Answer the following: What do you think Simon & Garfunkel’s message is in their song The Sound of Silence? How might their references to silence relate to voting?<br />
  3. 3. Unit divider page<br />On the reverse side of your construction paper include:<br />Unit Title: Voting Gives Citizens a Voice in Government. <br />Brainstorm! What words, ideas, and images do you associate with voting? Put these on your divider page.<br />Glue in as a flap on the right hand side after page R24 (you will do this after I return your notebooks). <br />
  4. 4. Preview: Voter elimination (L27)<br />In the “Voter Elimination” activity, you learned that only white males were allowed to vote early on in U.S. History.<br />How can allowing only certain groups of people vote affect the outcome of an election? Is this fair? Why or why not?<br />
  5. 5. Concept map: voting rights amendments (R28)<br />to vote<br />the right<br />slaves<br />in 1870<br />gave<br />was passed<br />The 15th<br />The<br />17th<br />Voting Rights Amendments<br />The<br />19th<br />The 26th<br />The 24th<br />
  6. 6. senators<br />to vote<br />to vote for<br />the right<br />in 1913<br />all voters<br />slaves<br />in 1870<br />was ratified<br />allowed<br />gave<br />was passed<br />The 15th<br />The<br />17th<br />Voting Rights Amendments<br />The<br />19th<br />The 26th<br />The 24th<br />
  7. 7. in 1971<br />was ratified<br />was ratified<br />in 1920<br />gave<br />lowered the<br />was ratified<br />women<br />eliminated<br />Voting Rights Amendments<br />voting age<br />In 1964<br />the right<br />to<br />poll taxes<br />to vote<br />The<br />19th<br />The 26th<br />The 24th<br />18<br />
  8. 8. Process: voting “wordle” (L27)<br />Create a wordle (a word cloud) using the key concepts from your concept map on the voting amendments.<br /> Concepts you feel are the most important should appear the largest in your wordle.<br />Example:<br />
  9. 9. Checkup quiz 3: voting amendments (10 points)<br />Copy down the chart below. Using the information in your concept map, fill in the chart below to describe each of the voting rights amendments. <br />
  10. 10. Through our game “All Mixed Up” you now know the order of events involved in electing president (or other official) to office.<br />Now…<br />In groups of 3we will be creating a class PowerPoint to explain each step in the election process.<br />“Road to office” project<br />
  11. 11. Each group will be assigned a different step in the process and will create a PowerPoint slide (or slides) explaining the step.<br />When all slides have been completed, I will combine them into one PowerPoint and each group will present their slide(s)!!!<br />Example…<br />“Road to office” project<br />
  12. 12. Voter Importance (L31 & R32):<br /><ul><li>Take out your notebook and open to pages L31 and R32
  13. 13. On these pages (L31 & R32) you will do the following:</li></ul>Choose one of the steps on “The Road to Office” that you feel is the most important for voters.<br />On the left hand page (L31), design a poster that demonstrates why you think the step is most important. This should include the step, at least 3 drawings or clipart, and a catchy phrase the expresses your opinion. Your poster should also be colored.<br />On the right hand page (R32), you will write a paragraph explaining why you chose the step. This should be at least 5 sentences.<br />
  14. 14. Preview part 1: age is just a number (L33)<br />Take out your notebook and open to page L33 (the page after your poster/paragraph).<br />When the Founders created the Constitution, only educated male landowners could vote. Today, any citizen over 18 years of age has the right to vote. <br />Do you believe there should be more requirements for a citizen to vote other than age? Explain.<br />
  15. 15. Preview part 2: 18 (L33)<br />Consider whether you think that 18 is an appropriate age to allow people to vote. Should it be older? Younger? Stay the same?<br />Below preview part 1, write the age you think people should be able to vote in big block numbers.<br />Inside the number, write down the characteristics you think make for a informed voter based on your opinion.<br />18<br />
  16. 16. “Dear congressman” letter (R34)<br />You will be writing a letter to your local congressman about your opinion regarding voting requirements.<br />We will be working on pre-planning and rough drafts in class. Your final letter will be due Tuesday, April 27.<br />If your letter is superb, we will mail it to Congressman Mica!<br />
  17. 17. Letter format<br />SAMPLE<br />Date<br />Dear Congressman Mica,<br />My name is ____________. I am a 7th grader at DeLand Middle School and am writing to you about voting requirements. I feel that the voting age should be _________ (lowered, raised, stay the same).<br />Paragraph 1: 1streason<br />Paragraph 2: 2nd reason<br />Thank you for taking the time to read my letter. I look forward to your response.<br />Sincerely,<br />Your name<br />
  18. 18. This Week’s Agenda:<br />Please take out your notebooks. Be prepared to take notes on the rest of the presentations. <br />Let’s make today a <br />Faaaabulous Friday!!!!<br />

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