Why Are Midterm Elections Important?
In the middle of the political discussions about the midterm elections of 2018, have we have lost sight of the importance of midterm elections in general? Are these elections important? Use this lesson to help students discover the importance of all elections.
Suggested Grade Level
High school (grades 9–12)
Estimated Time to Complete
One to two 45-minute class periods
By the end of this lesson, students should be able to
- define midterm elections,
- explain why midterm elections are important from the perspective of national, state, and local decisions that need to be made, and
- suggest at least two ways in which voter turnout in all elections, particularly in midterm elections, can increase.
- Chart paper, smartboard, whiteboard, or chalkboard
- Internet access using a computer, tablet, or other device
- Teacher Resource (see the end of this lesson)
- Student Directions (see the end of this lesson)