History Detectives: Voting Rights in Mississippi, 1964

Promises made and promise broken. Spies and activists. Voting rights in Mississippi are the focus of a lesson that has class members research the history of the struggle in Mississippi. Learners take on the role of voting rights advocates or a spy for the Sovereignty Commission. Adopting the point of view of their assigned role, individuals craft a report of their investigations. Fast forward to 2060, where class members use the reports to write the history of the voting rights struggles of 1964.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups investigate current obstacles to voting rights 
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson follows the Historical Scene Investigation model
  • Requires flip chart and legal-size sheets of paper
  • Make and laminate copies of the many handouts to permit reuse
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • The plan is carefully scaffolded and richly detailed