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Voting and Voter Rights Lesson Plans and Resources

We all hear that the right to vote is the beating heart of democracy in the United States since the nation's founding; however, have all votes always been equal? Who has and hasn't been able to vote throughout the history of the United States? Do some votes count more than others?

This collection of free preK-12 resources is designed to help educators teach students about the history of voting and the importance of voter rights, and how we can mobilize the youth to take their civic responsibilities seriously. Check out some sample resources below, then get started with your lesson planning here.

Voting Rights with Jamelle Bouie
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Voting Rights with Jamelle Bouie

Handout, Presentation | Grades 5-12

Voting Rights
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Voting Rights

Lesson Plan, Presentation | Grade 6, Grades 9-12

How The Census Changed America?
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How The Census Changed America?

Lesson Plan | PRE-K, Grades K-12

Suffrage Trends in America SEL
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Suffrage Trends in America SEL

Lesson Plan | Grades 9-12

The Last Word:  Morgan Freeman reads Rep. John Lewis' last words
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The Last Word: Morgan Freeman reads Rep. John Lewis' last words

PRE-K, Grades K-12, Higher Education, Adult Education

Literacy test Lesson Plan
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Literacy test Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan | Grades 9-12

Civics Lesson: Right to Vote
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Civics Lesson: Right to Vote

Handout, Lesson Plan | Grades 6-8

Voting Rights in America
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Voting Rights in America

Lesson Plan | Grades 9-12

Voting Rights in America and Democracy II
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Voting Rights in America and Democracy II

Assessment, Handout, Lesson Plan, Worksheet | Grades 9-12

Who Gets To Vote?
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Who Gets To Vote?

Activity, Lesson Plan, Presentation | Grades 9-12

History of Voting Rights in the U.S.
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History of Voting Rights in the U.S.

Handout, Lesson Plan, Worksheet | Grades 6-8

Educating for Democratic Citizenship

The Shanker Institute in partnership with the American Federation of Teachers, Share My Lesson the and the AFT Innovation Fund has launched this Educating for Democratic Citizenship Project whereby a group of accomplished, experienced AFT educators have developed these Action Civics lessons and materials that we hope will improve teaching and learning of American History, Government, and Civics for teachers and students.