Let's Vote on It
By Nancy Mussetter
Standards: 4.1, 4.4, 4.5
Grade Level: Elementary
Topic: The Progressive Era
Lesson Plan Text:
Introduction/Background: Though Wisconsin was the first state to ratify the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vote, it had not been a state on the forefront of the cause. Women¿s rights groups began forming in Wisconsin in the late 1800s focusing mainly on temperance and suffrage. Elections dealing with school matters provided women in Wisconsin with their first voting experiences. It was not until 1934 that women in Wisconsin were allowed to vote in state elections even though they could vote in national elections after the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified in 1920.
Lesson Objectives: The students will¿
1) read an article on the woman¿s suffrage movement in Wisconsin.
2) use data from the article to answer questions.
3) figure percentages.
Information/Resources: Article¿Wisconsin Passes the Nation¿s First Equal Right¿s Bill, 1921¿an article giving the text of the law giving women equal rights with men.
Article¿ Wisconsin Voting and Civil Rights Legislation, 1846-1929¿a five page article by Lt. Governor Huber that traces the history of civil rights in Wisconsin.
1) Pass out ¿Let¿s Vote on It¿ master*(included later in plan) and have students ¿vote¿ on the answer to each question by writing what letter they think gives the correct answer on the blank line in front of the question. When everyone has completed ¿voting¿, tally up the ¿votes¿ for the answers on a transparency of the ¿Let¿s Vote on It¿ master.
2) Assign students to read the article¿Wisconsin Passes the Nation¿s First Equal Right¿s Bill, 1921 and the article¿Wisconsin Voting and Civil Rights Legislation, 1846-1929 writing correct answers on the blanks at the end of each question on the ¿Let¿s Vote on It¿ paper.
temperance¿abstinence from drinking alcoholic beverages
suffrage¿the right to vote on political matters
Conclusion: Have students figure the percentage of correct answers they had before reading the articles and then the percentage of correct answers after reading the articles.
Assessment: The students will be assessed by¿
1) providing correct answers on ¿Let¿s Vote on It¿ activity after reading the articles.
Additional Information: a dictionary may be necessary for three of the questions on the ¿Let¿s Vote on It¿ activity.
The correct answers for the ¿Let¿s Vote on It¿ activity are as follows:
1) b¿an expression of the people¿s will on a political issue by direct ballot of all eligible voters
3) c¿plea for dismissal of a law suit even if statements of the opposition are true
9) b¿anything that guides or directs
11) d¿Grateful to Almighty God for our freedom
Possible Lesson Extensions: Have students conduct a survey where they ask at least 10 people if they voted in the last
Figure the percentages of people who voted in the election compared to total number of people polled.
Let¿s Vote on It
Before Reading After Reading
_____1) What does plebiscite mean? _______
a. a place to find pebbles.
b. an expression of the people¿s will on a political issue by direct ballot of all eligible voters.
c. an expression of pleasing.
d. a quotation given by a politician.
_____2) In the election of 1928 what percentage of qualified _______
voters in Wisconsin voted?
_____3) What is a demurrer? _______
a. plea of guilty
b. plea of innocent
c. plea for dismissal of a law suit even if statements of the opposition is true
d. a court appointed election judge
_____4) What word was taken out of the Wisconsin Constitution ______
in 1882 giving Afro-Americans the right to vote?
_____5) What elections were women allowed to vote in first? ______
_____6) What national ranking did Wisconsin have in approving _______
the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vote?
_____7) Who was the governor of Wisconsin who ________
Signed the Women¿s Rights Bill?
_____8) Before the Civil War what percentage of students _________
at the University of Wisconsin were women?
a. 5 %
_____9) What does cynosure mean? ________
a. anything that is similar
b. anything that guides or directs
c. anything that makes a loud noise
d. anything that is cynical
_____10) According to Lt. Governor Henry A. Hoard _______
what is the outstanding characteristic of
_____11) What is the first line of the Wisconsin Constitution? _______
a. Four score and 7 years ago¿
b. We hold these truths to be self evident¿
c. We the people of the state of Wisconsin¿
d. Grateful to Almighty God for our freedom¿
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