Lesson Plan

LBJ and Voting Rights

Challenges to voting rights is not a new thing. Using President Lyndon B. Johnson's 1965 "The American Promise" speech on voting rights as a starting point, young historians research current voting rights laws and challenges.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups research more current challenges to voting rights
  • Ask viewers to observe Johnson's speech carefully, note those who clap and those who do not, and offer an explanation for the disparity
Classroom Considerations
  • The linked articles about challenges to voting rights are dated (2016); therefore, provide class members with links to more current challenges
  • Participants must have access to devices with internet
  • A free account is required to access the linked Newsela articles
  • Requires copies of included materials
  • Includes extensive teacher notes
  • The plan is carefully scaffolded and richly detailed
  • None