Election Lesson Plan: Cast Your Vote!

Submitted by: Holly Brown

Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students use BrainPOP resources to collect information on the two political parties and compare and contrast them. Students develop an understanding of the voting process and design a mock election. They then create materials to illustrate their own original political parties and platforms.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:

  1. Collect information on the two political parties and compare
  2. Create materials to illustrate their own original political parties and platforms
  3. Understand the voting process and design a mock election

Materials:

  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Poster board
  • Access to computers with internet & projector
  • Rubric for posters and speeches

Preparation:

Preview political clips on: YouTube's You Choose Channel before viewing with students. Create rubrics for posters and speeches. Collect newspapers for students to look at political ads.

Lesson Procedure:

  1. Begin to complete the Vocabulary Page to assess what terms students are already familiar with.
  2. Show the Political Beliefs movie with closed captioning, pausing to discuss key concepts and take notes on the Vocabulary Activity Page.
  3. Discuss the presidential candidates for the upcoming election.
  4. Show political clips from Youtube's You Choose Channel.
  5. Use BrainPOP's Graphic Organizer to list each candidate's political beliefs.
  6. Take the Political Beliefs Quiz for a grade.
  7. Pass out True or False Activity Page from the Voting movie. Complete and discuss.
  8. Each student will have a platform on how to make the class "better" in some way, and create a political poster with their "platform for a better classroom."
  9. Each student will give a 3 minute speech on their platform. The class will vote on the best platform to make the classroom a better place in a mock election before the presidential election. Students will follow up with presidential election results once they are announced.
  10. As a follow up activity, ask family members why it is important to vote and write a 5 paragraph essay on why you should vote.