Voting Rights Lesson Plan


Students will learn about the history of voting rights in the United States and create a timeline detailing significant events, write a persuasive essay on a variety of voting topics and collect information about voting rights and laws from different regions of the world.

View the video New Voting ID Laws by MSNBC.

Discussion Guide

Lesson Plan 1- History of Voting Rights in the U.S.

Objective:  Students will learn about the history of voting rights in the United States and create a timeline of the most significant events

Handout Lesson Plan 1- Significant Events Impacting Voting Rights

Lesson Plan 2- Persuasive Writing

Objective:  Students will choose from several topics and write a persuasive essay

Lesson Plan 3-Voting around the World

Objective:  Groups will compete to collect the most information about the voting rights in an assigned region of the world

21st Century Core Content
History
Government and Civics

21st Century Themes
Global Awareness
Civic Literacy

21st Century Skills
Work Creatively With Others
Reason Effectively
Communicate Clearly
Collaborate with Others
Work Independently
Be Self-directed Learners
Interact Effectively with Others
Work Effectively in Diverse Teams
Produce Results
Guide and Lead Others
Be Responsible to Others

 Additional Resources:
State Felon Voting Laws; ProCon.org
State Voting Requirements by Declare Yourself.com
U.S. Electoral College by Archives.gov
U.S. Department of Justice; Voting Rights Act of 1965
U.S. Constitution.net

Additional Resources from U.S. History in Context:
Florida Law Tightens Voting Rules
Voting Rights Act of 1965; Primary Source
Suffrage Topic Overview
Democracy Movements
Election Day! Primary Source

Lesson plan provided by Gale

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