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This is a lesson on voting and holding office
Math, Social Studies, Language Arts
9, 11, 12, 10
By – Crystal Moore
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Secondary Subjects – Language Arts, Math
Grade Level – 9-12
Exceptional Children Grade Level:
- Specialized Academic Curriculum (SAC) 9 -11th graders
- The purpose of this lesson is to focus on the importance of voting. If a lesson is designed to focus on our democratic responsible as law-abiding citizens, then hopefully all students will make it their civic duty to impose their right to vote. Also, this lesson is designed to empower students to speak with confidence and authority.
Focus and Review:
- Discuss our past voting activities.
- Discuss why you should vote.
- Review the voting process.
- Showcase photos of people elected due to the voting process. Give extra points on the Behavior Point System Chart if a student recognizes the photo of Emmit Smith (winner of the reality show Dancing With The Stars)
North Carolina Extensions of the Standard Course of Study
- Competency Goal 1:
- English/Language Arts: 10th Grade
- The learner will explore and express reflections and reactions to print and non-print multi-cultural/world text
- Comprehend print and non-print multi-cultural
expressive multi-cultural/world text
- Communicate reactions orally and in writing to multi-cultural/world text and experience
- Competency Goal 3:
- English/Language Arts: 10th Grade
- The learner will use experiences, world events, and/or literature to explore, identify, and/or provide support for a preference, opinion or argument.
- Explore, interact with, and/or demonstrate
comprehension of experiences, world events, and/or
literature as connected to preference opinion or
Mathematics Number and Operations: 9-12th Grade
The learner will perform operations with numbers and expression to solve problems
- Develop number sense for real numbers
- Develop flexibility in solving mathematical problems
by selecting strategies and using appropriate technology
Essential Understanding from the Concepts (Objectives):
- To learn about the process of voting
- To learn to choose a candidate based on positive
- To learn why law abiding citizens voice their
beliefs and values through the voting process
Instructional Media and Materials:
- Paper, pencil, pen, voting sheet folder, and worktable
- George Bush Jr., George Bush Sr., George Washington, Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Barack Obama, Mel Watts, Jesse Jackson Jr., and Emmit Smith
Lesson with Guided Practice Activities:
- 1. The teacher will ask each student if he/she is familiar with the photos.
- 2. The teacher will ask students if they know what these photos have in common.
- 3. Teacher will discuss why she chose the photos.
- 4. Teacher will give extra points if a student recognizes one particular photo.
- 5. Students will discuss character traits necessary to choose the right candidate.
- 6. Students will cast their votes.
- 7. The winning candidate will give their acceptance speech.
- 8. The losing candidate will demonstrate support for the winning candidate.
- 9. Teacher and TA will provide assistance as needed.
- Students submit independent vote.
- Students complete acceptance speech — includes: why I deserve your vote, etc.
- Teacher observation
- Follow voting direction
- Verbal acceptance speeches
- Class — President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary must demonstrate the following character traits:
- 1. Honesty
- 2. Respectful — to their peers, teachers, adults, parents, etc.
- 3. Responsible — responsible for their own behavior
- 4. Giving — willingness to help others on and off the school campus
- 5. Follow the classroom and school rules
- 6. Obtain the required points for the week listed on the Behavioral Point System Chart:
- (1) Follow all class rules, (2) Complete assignments (have spelling flash cards daily), (3) Stay in seat, (4) Keep area clean, (5) Stay out of hallway, (6) Stay on task
Students will hold their elected position for 2 weeks.
- 1) Becomes the Teacher Assistant Assistant (TAA)
Vice President duties:
- 1) Completes TAA duties when the President is absent
- 2) Assists the TAA with his/her duties
- 1) Count money collected during our weekly meeting
- 1) Review the candidates duties to check if they are preformed appropriately during our weekly meeting
- 2) As a class discuss if a elected candidate should be relieved of his/her duties to no tolerance infractions such as blatant disrespect to teachers, fighting, suspension, dishonesty, etc. (This process will be taken at will due to the severity of the infraction)
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