Voting Discrimination and the Effects of Shelby County v. Holder

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Show students that every vote counts as they debate the federal government 's role in protecting voting rights in historically racially discriminated areas. In the Supreme Court case Shelby County v. Holder, the high court found that states where voters had been denied rights due to race no longer required federal supervision. A series of clips, including historical footage related to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, as well as expert interviews and Congressional testimony, examines the impact of the ruling. Extension options allow for practice of debate and writing skills. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Offer worksheet to examine perspectives on the Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court case
  • Use discussion questions to stimulate debate about the current state of voting rights
Classroom Considerations

  • Class members must view video clips to complete activities
Pros

  • Footage includes a diversity of opinions and backgrounds
  • Worksheet is easy to adapt to a variety of learner levels
Cons

  • None