October 21, 2019

How the Law Regulates Who Votes

Grade Level:

Middle

Overview:

In this lesson, students will discuss what qualifications are necessary to vote. The activity presents a series of potential voters for a student council election, and asks that students either allow or prohibit each person from voting. After reflecting on their justifications, they will learn that states and the federal government have very few restrictions on voting. The instructor might then lead a discussion on the importance of voting to the democratic process.

Time needed:

1-2 class periods

Materials required:

How the Law Regulates Who Votes Lesson Plan

National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies:

Theme 6: Power, Authority, and Governance

Theme 10: Civic Ideals and Practices