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Qualifying to Vote Under Jim Crow

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Literacy tests, poll taxes, grandfather laws? Scholars study the systematic ways African-Americans were kept from voting even after it was made a law. They analyze a series of primary source documents, complete a worksheet, and engaged...
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Big Ideas that Changed the World: Democracy (Part 1/5)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Democracy - "use it or lose it" is the point of view of this British narrator as he explores the history and development of this big idea that changed the world. Part one of the five-part series explores the challenges to democracy...
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Lesson 5: Voting After the Constitution of 1901

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students define the terms "suffrage" and "poll tax." students discuss the limitations of suffrage as written in the 1901 constitution. They compare and contrast voting qualifications and rights from the Jim Crow era and those of the...
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Lesson 2: ". . . a delegation of citizens"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers define socialism, capitalism and poll tax. They identify and discuss the multiple sides of the issue of governmental responsibilities.
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The Effects of Segregation And "jim Crow" on Life in Virginia

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders study the effects that segregation and the Jim Crow laws had on life in Virginia after reviewing the Reconstruction period. They list the effects that the Jim Crow laws had on the lives of African Americans such as unfair...
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Voter Qualifications Among the States

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders research the voting qualifications for each state.  In this American Government lesson, 12th graders complete a worksheet on the main ideas they have researched.  
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Keep Your Eye On the Prize

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers learn about citizens who were actively involved in the civil rights movement, and the strategies they used to overcome the Jim Crow laws that were so prevalent in the 1960s. They investigate the voting amendments of the US...
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Voting and the Constitution

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How difficult was it for everyone to get voting rights? Understanding voting rights and the fight to get them for everyone in the United States can be tricky for some learners. However, they are clarified after engaging in the...
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Chapter Five Worksheet Civil Rights

For Students 8th - 12th
Finish a unit on equal rights in American history with a 25-question assessment. Focusing on the legal and social history of discrimination in the United States, the instructional activity challenges learners to differentiate between the...
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Civil Rights and Civil Disobedience

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What is the difference between lawful protest and civil disobedience? Why is the difference important? A 16-slide presentation clearly defines the differences and presents strategies for nonviolent resistance.
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Travel Through Time

For Teachers 11th
There are arguments on both sides of history about the ways various Supreme Court decisions have affected the daily lives, rights, and liberties of the African-American population. Eleventh graders explore and identify the challenges...
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Voting Rights

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Here you'll not only find a document outlining major shifts in voting-right policy in the United States, but also worksheets that will help your learners identify at what points in time groups such as women, Native Americans, and...
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From Selma to Montgomery: An Introduction to the 1965 Marches

For Students 6th - 12th
The 1965 Civil Rights marches from Selma to Montgomery and the resulting Voting Rights Act of 1965 are the focus of a social studies lesson. The resource uses film clips to inform viewers not only about the discrimination that gave rise...
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Did African American Lives Improve After Slavery?

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
The Civil War made slavery illegal, but all ex-slaves were not totally free. Scholars visit eight different classroom stations to uncover life during the Reconstruction Era in America. Groups discover items such as Black Codes, 13th,...
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Suffrage and Civil Rights

For Students 8th - 11th
Addressing the main ideas of the Civil Rights movement, this activity contains both multiple choice and true/false questions for student review. Teachers could use this activity as a quiz or homework assignment.
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Peaceful Protesters

For Students 4th - 6th
For this reading comprehensive worksheet, students read a factual passage about the Peaceful Protesters Henry David Thoreau, M.L.King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and Cesar Chavez and answer comprehensive questions. Students answer 2 questions plus...
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Why Can't I Vote?

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders take an unannounced test (failure is expected) and the top scores are rewarded with candy bars. They compare this test to the literacy tests given before 1960 and votes to candybars. They journal their responses.
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The Election of Barack Obama 44th President of the United States

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students consider the historic implications of Barack Obama's election. In this election of 2008 lesson, students research Obama's accomplishments and determine how his election signifies the success of the American Civil Rights...
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Understanding the Theoretical Basis for Civil Disobedience

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Students analyze Henry David Thoreau's 'On the Duty of Civil Disobedience' and Dr. Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail." In this civil disobedience lesson, students read Thoreau's essay and answer 6 questions for the...
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May I Vote?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore history of voting rights in America, discuss restrictions on early voting, apply voting rights to specific situations, form human timeline showing how voting rights have changed, and write editorial stating their opinions.
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Voting Restrictions

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers understand the injustice of voting restrictions and the place which women held in society at the turn of the century and understand the internal development of the United States during the period 1877-1915.
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U.S. Voting Amendments: Crossword Puzzle

For Students 5th - 8th
In this United States history worksheet, students use the 13 clues in order to fill in the crossword puzzle with the appropriate voting Amendment answers.
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Universal Suffrage

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore concept of suffrage. In this voting rights lesson, students participate in a classroom activity that excludes girls from voting. Students discuss gender issues and write essays regarding the restriction of voting rights.
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The Right to Vote

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Learners discover voting barriers. In this government lesson, students explore the history of voting. Learners work in small groups to analyze and debate if certain groups of people should have the ability to vote or not.

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