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Civil Rights Simulation. Voting in Alabama in the 1960's. Point of View. 15th Amendment. Poll tax. Poll taxes. Ku Klux Klan. KKK. Voting Rights Act of 1965.
This is an INCREDIBLE simulation that allows students to see the point-of-view of African Americans in the South trying to vote prior to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The question that students are asked in this simulation is: "Would you have been able to vote?" I LOVE that students are forced to put themselves in the shoes of people who tried to vote before the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Students see the COURAGE that so many African American voters had in the 1950's and 1960's.
Students look at four methods that were used after the 15th Amendment was passed. The students are given scenarios where they find out if they would have been able to vote based on the poll taxes, economic harm, KKK violence and terrorism, and the literacy tests. Students actually take a literacy test from Alabama as if they were a white person in 1965, and then as if they were a black person from 1965.
There are many COOPERATIVE LEARNING questions to allow students to discuss what they are experiencing with other students. Students write about how fair they feel the laws in the South were. Afterwards, students are given a final CHOICE assessment to review how each method affected voting in the South.
Included in this product is:
- Background information about the voting issues in the South after the 15th Amendment
- Notes describing four methods used to restrict voting of African Americans
- Student note sheet to fill in
- First person scenarios using the methods to determine whether they would go on trying to vote
- White Alabama Literacy Test
- Black Alabama Literacy Test
- Student sheets to fill in for the Literacy Tests
- Final Assessment that gives students CHOICE on how to present
- Two final writing prompts
- Cooperative learning questions for class/pair discussion
- Teacher tips for how to run the activities
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