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History of Voting in the United States: Create a Virtual Exhibit

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Title:

History of Voting in the United States: Create a Virtual Exhibit

URL:

http://objectofhistory.org/teachers/intro/votingmachine/

Content Source:

Smithsonian
Type: Lesson/Unit Plan

Overview:

In this lesson, students watch a video and examine a collection of primary sources and curator interviews to gather information on the history of voting rights in the United States. Students use the information they gather to create a virtual exhibit. Additional voting resources and links are included.

Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 12
United States Government
6 ) Analyze the expansion of suffrage for its effect on the political system of the United States, including suffrage for non-property owners, women, African Americans, and persons eighteen years of age.

•  Describing implications of participation of large numbers of minorities and women in parties and campaigns
•  Analyzing the black codes, the Jim Crow laws, and the Selma-to-Montgomery March for their impact on the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (Alabama)
Unpacked Content
Strand: History, Civics and Government
Course Title: United States Government
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Evaluate the degree to which the United States has been successful in expanding the right to vote to its citizenry over time.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • suffrage
  • disenfranchisement
  • Seneca Falls Convention
  • suffragettes
  • 15th Amendment
  • 19th Amendment
  • 24th Amendment
  • 26th Amendment
  • Jim Crow
  • grandfather clause
  • literacy test
  • poll tax
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Motor Voter Law of 1995
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • Plight of minority groups to gain suffrage rights, including women, African-Americans, non-property owners, and persons eighteen years of age.
  • Key constitutional amendments and laws that have allowed for the expansion of the right to vote.
  • Key obstacles imposed during the Jim Crow era to limit suffrage rights.
  • Key events in the Civil Rights Movement that led to the expansion of suffrage rights.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Place in chronological order the acquiring of suffrage rights for various minority groups.
  • Connect key amendments and laws to their impact on the expansion of suffrage.
  • Analyze charts and graphs of voter turnout by various minority groups over time and who these groups voted for.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • The right to vote has not been guaranteed to all citizens throughout American history but has been gradually expanded to Americans over time and that the expansion of the right to vote has shifted party alliances and campaign strategies.
Alabama Archives Resources:
Click below to access all Alabama Archives resources aligned to this standard.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.USG.AAS.12.6- Understand the importance of voting and the expansion of voting rights; identify ways in which voting rights have expanded to be more inclusive and increase participation in the political system.
SS.USG.AAS.12.6a- Identify key constitutional amendments and laws that have allowed for the expansion of the right to vote.
SS.USG.AAS.12.6b- Identify key obstacles imposed during the Jim Crow era to limit suffrage rights.
SS.USG.AAS.12.6c- Identify key events in the Civil Rights Moveme


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Author: Ginger Boyd