Voting Rights

October 25, 2018

This lesson invites students to examine reasons why Americans may not vote, both in the past and in the present. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the struggle for voting rights and will explore why the ability to vote means so much to many Americans.

April 24, 2018

Students explore the controversy over the Trump administration's proposal to add a question about citizenship to the census  and learn about the history and purpose of the U.S. census.

September 24, 2017

Critics charge that the real goal of a new federal commission to investigate voter fraud is to justify efforts to make it more difficult for people of color to vote.  Students learn about and discuss the controversy.  

March 27, 2016

In some states, voters have stood in line for hours to cast their ballot. Why? In this short Teachable Instant activity, students explore the controversy over voter suppression in the 2016 election.  

October 4, 2012

Students discuss the history of voting rights and the current push to restrict voting, including the arguments for and against.

April 1, 2009

One student reading traces the orgins of the Voting Rights Act; a second discusses the recent Supreme Court decision limiting the Act's scope when it comes to drawing voter district lines.