Changing Voting Age from 18 to 16

Lesson Duration

Author:  By the People – PBS

In this activity, students will write letters to their state and/or national leaders either in support or against a fictitious proposed constitutional amendment to lower the voting age from 18 to 16. While there is no current proposed amendment (at least none on the federal level), this is an opportunity for students to become involved in participatory democratic politics.


  • Students will gain an appreciation for citizen participation in government and politics.
  • Students will learn how to write an effective letter to a state or national legislator.
  • Students will develop effective argumentation and persuasion strategies.




Public Broadcasting Service collection of lessons related to the 2004 Presidential elections.