The 15th and 19th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution

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Who gets to vote? Learn more about struggles for suffrage throughout United States history with a lesson based on primary source documents. Middle schoolers debate the importance of women's suffrage and African American suffrage before creating a prioritized list of qualities for potential voters. They then write a letter to the editor of The New York Times about human rights and disenfranchisement.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the extension ideas as unit assessments or group projects
  • Include in a unit about Constitutional amendments or the civil rights movement
Classroom Considerations

  • The debate between women's suffrage and suffrage for African Americans could become heated; be sure that the objectives for the activity align with your classroom norms and curriculum
  • Second part of the lesson requires articles from newspapers; lesson specifies The New York Times, but any current newspaper or online article works
Pros

  • Comes with all necessary materials, including voting cards and primary sources
  • Encourages learners to think critically about the rights some take for granted
Cons

  • None