ESL Election Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

This lesson plan assists ESL learners in becoming active participants in the U.S. election system. Through election-focused vocabulary, students will complete voter registration forms and sample paper ballots.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • utilize vocabulary terminology related to elections
  • understand the process of registering to vote
  • understand the use of a paper ballot
  • read and discuss political newspaper articles related to elections


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • ELP 9-12.3

An ELL can…speak and write about grade appropriate complex literary and informational texts and topics.

  • ELP 9-12.2

An ELL can...participate in grade-appropriate oral and written exchanges of information, ideas, and analyses, responding to peer, audience, or reader comments and questions.

  • ELP 9-12.1

An ELL can…construct meaning from oral presentations and literary and informational text through grade-appropriate listening, reading and viewing.

Materials Needed

  • Sample ballots
  • Voter registration form
  • Election terminology presentation
  • Newspaper articles related to elections
  • Highlighters
  • Election debate video

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