Voting Rights and Voter ID Laws

Grades 5-9, 90-120min

In the Voting Rights and Voter ID Laws lesson, students interview family members or neighbors about their experiences voting, and then analyze real footage from polling locations in neighborhoods around the country. Students then learn about the history of voting rights in the United States, drilling deep into the modern controversies around Voter ID laws. Part of this lesson leverages materials from a great PBS lesson plan.

Student-created poster stating that every vote counts

Topics addressed

Students will be able to



Suggested lesson breakdown

This lesson can be split across however many days you’d like – the Election Day clip analysis can stand on its own, for example. Rough timing ideas are presented below, but can easily be adjusted to better fit your schedule!

Washington State standards