Lesson Plan

Voting Rights: Women's Suffrage Movement

Use this civics lesson, which explores the suffrage movement for women, to teach your students about the importance of voting rights for all citizens.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to write about the history of the suffrage movement and explain the important civic duty of voting.


(5 minutes)
  • Divide students into two groups, in a convenient way, such as dividing the room in half, or by asking students to count off by ones and twos.
  • Inform students that today they will be exercising their civic duty of voting. They will be asked to vote for what field trip they want to go on this year. Write on a piece of chart paper three possible field trip destinations that work for your area (examples include museums, libraries, or regional parks).
  • Give both groups a minute to ponder on which field trip they will vote for. Remind them that they may only vote for one option.
  • Tell students that the "polling station" is open and that students are to come up and vote for a field trip destination by marking a tally next to their choice.
  • Explain that only one group will vote today. The other group does not have the right to vote.
  • Invite students from group one to come up and mark their choice.
  • Announce the results of the field trip vote.