Race and Voting Rights in 2016

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Voting rights come and go so what are you going to do about it? That's what this resource wants to know. Class members participate in an activity that demonstrates how voting eligibility requirements have changed over the course of US history. They then examine voter restriction legislation introduced since 2011, including the US Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder. The lesson concludes with individuals writing a letter to their congressperson expressing their views about voting restrictions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups research the circumstances that permit felons in certain states to vote, and the arguments for increased voter registration restrictions 
  • Include in a study of suffrage, civil rights, or elections
Classroom Considerations
  • Instructors should research The Agent of Change publication to understand it's stance and point of view 
  • The subject of voting rights is highly controversial; therefore, a protocol must be in place for the safe, respectful discussion of the issue
  • Requires copies
  • Presumes instructors have read The Change Agent issue #26, pages 30–32
  • Presumes class members have experience crafting persuasive writing
  • The nine-page packet includes background information, a detailed plan, worksheets, a script for the activity, and a link to the video
  • The materials, especially the video, are designed to grab the attention of millennials
  • Researchers examine arguments for and against greater restrictions
  • No rubric is included for the letter assignment