This lesson teaches how constitutional amendments as well as the Voting Rights Act of 1965 extended access to the political process to the majority of Americans left out throughout much of America's history. Students will get in in-depth look at the Civil War Amendments (13, 14, & 15) the 19th Amendment which gave women the vote, the 24th which banned poll taxes, the 26th which lowered the voting age to 18, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which banned voter discrimination. This lesson includes:
• Completed lesson plan with step-by-step instructions
• PowerPoint presentation
• Smart-board activity
• State Exam Practice Test
• Video Clip Links
• Bell ringers
Check out the YouTube video Voting Rights Amendments that goes with this lesson @ Mr. Raymond's Civics EOC Academy YouTube channel:
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Mr. Raymond’s Civics E.O.C. Academy was designed for students taking the Florida Civics End-of-Course (EOC) Exam. However, as many states are implementing Civics Exams, these videos will work for all students of Civics, US Government, and US History. Currently students have to pass a civics state exam in order to graduate in Idaho, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Arizona, North Dakota, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah – as well as state social studies tests such as Texas’ STAAR exam, as well as Virginia’s Civics SOL exam. These videos look at all of the civics benchmarks that will be tested on most state civics exams.