An increasing number of people are calling for an end to the Electoral College. Teach high students about the Electoral College and its origins, as well as the more contemporary movement advocating for the National Popular Vote and the interstate compact that would support it.
Felony disenfranchisement can impact elections and local laws in a variety of ways. High school students learn about felony disenfranchisement, discuss the pros and cons and whether it should remain intact.
What a Black Man Wants: The 15th Amendment and the Right to Vote
One of the most outspoken proponents of the 15th Amendment was Frederick Douglass, a national leader of the abolitionist movement after escaping slavery. Students will analyze Douglass's speech, "What the Black Man Wants," and his argument for why Black men should have the right to vote.
With a steady increase among young adults who vote, help high school students explorethe role and importance of the youth vote, consider barriers to the youth vote, and propose ideas for taking action.
August 2020 marksthe centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Help high school students understand how racism played a role in Black women beingexcluded from the right to vote.
This 4-lesson unit helps high school students learn about democracy, examine the First Amendment and explore how their freedoms originated and how they function today in schools, in their communities and globally.
This lesson provides an opportunity for students to reflect on their thoughts and feelings as well as those of their classmates, learn more about the campaign and election, consider the candidates’ final speeches and express their thoughts in a letter they write to the President-elect.
In this lesson, high school students will reflect on what freedom means to them, gain understanding of the First Amendment freedoms and their complexities, explore relevant court cases and reflect on how the First Amendment impacts their daily lives.
This lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the evolution of the Boy Scouts’ position on gay members and leaders, analyze Robert Gates’ recent speech on the issue and explore students’ own points of view by writing persuasive essays.
High school students explore voting restrictions today and gain insight into what can be done to preserve the right to vote as they learn about the historical struggle for voting rights and the Selma to Montgomery March.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Civil Rights: Relevancy for Today
How far do we still need to go in order to achieve equality and full civil rights in the United States? Use this multi-grade curriculumunit to help students examine civil rights in the United States past and present.