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African-American Voting Rights Living Timeline

Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Activity, Lesson Plan, Presentation, Worksheet

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Essential Question/Big Idea:

  • What is the history of voting rights in the US?
  • How have voting rights been expanded through Constitutional amendments and federal legislation?
  • How have voting rights been restricted by state and local legislation and by court decisions?

Understandings:  

Students will understand that…

  • Constitutional amendments have the potential to expand civil rights.
  • Due to federalism, states can create their own laws about elections.

Students will know….

  • African-Americans men had been enfranchised and disenfranchised during the Reconstruction Era.
  • The Voting Rights Act of 1965 removed the roadblocks to voting that states erected after the Reconstruction Era.

Students will be able to….

  • Put events in chronological order.
  • Identify when historical events occurred within the context of other important events.

Content Objectives:

Students will demonstrate analysis of key events, ideals, documents, and organizations in the struggle for African-American civil rights including  by finding connections in a living timeline activity.

Language Objectives: 

  • Students will speak to make connections between dates and events related to key events, ideals, documents, and organizations in the struggle for African-American civil rights by using Tier 2-3 social studies vocabulary terms. 
  • Students will write to reflect on key events, ideals, documents, and organizations in the struggle for African-American civil rights by writing in complete sentences. 

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