To trace the evolution of voting in the United States from the late 1700s to modern times.
1 class period
In this lesson, the class is divided into two teams and participates in a fun game activity.
Game 1 begins when a person from Team 1 selects any question from 30 that appear on handout sheets. The questions are arranged in point categories of either 10, 20, 30, 40, or 50 points.
The person choosing the question reads it aloud, giving the missing word, name, or term. If their answer is correct, Team 1 scores the points that question is worth. All class members then write the word, name, or term in the space. If the answer given is incorrect, the question can be picked again later.
Play continues in the same way with someone from Team 2 choosing a question.
Game 1 ends after both teams have given five answers, whether correct or incorrect. The team with the most points is the winner. If the two teams have the same number of points, a tie-breaker question -- provided in the Teacher Instructions for this lesson -- is asked.
The same person cannot answer twice in a row for their team. Team members cannot talk over possible answers.
Games 2 and 3 are played in the same way.
Game 4 is based on any remaining unanswered questions.
Letter clues are provided for the lower point value questions, with fewer clues being given the more a question is worth.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.