Lesson details


Social Studies

English Language Arts


Inquiry-Based Literacy

Late 20th and Early 21st Centuries

Reading - Informational Text



Develop inquiry plan

Employ a critical stance

Examine context to broaden inquiry

Gather/evaluate information from primary/secondary sources

Language, Craft, and Structure-Apply vocabulary strategies

Meaning and Context-Cite evidence to support analysis

Meaning and Context-Provide objective summary

Meaning, Context, and Craft-Avoid plagiarism

Meaning, Context, and Craft-Introduce claims, distinguish from alternate/opposing claims, organize reasons/evidence

Meaning, Context, and Craft-Introduce topic

Meaning, Context, and Craft-Support claims with logical, accurate, credible sources

Meaning, Context, and Craft-Use organizational structure in argument text

Meaning, Context, and Craft-Use relevant information from multiple print/multimedia sources

Organize/categorize information

Principles of Reading-Use context to confirm/self-correct

Recommended Technology: 

iPads, tablets, PCs
Access to internet and printer

Concept/Mind mapping apps:

  • Popplet (iOS, Android)
  • MindMap (Google Chrome extension)
  • Any similar concept mapping app
Other instructional materials or notes: 

Low tech option included in lesson


Voting Rights Act of 1965

Multiple days
Lesson type: 
Project Based Lesson
Lesson overview: 

Students have studied the Fifteenth Amendment, which was supposed to have granted African-American male citizens the right to vote, as well as the Nineteenth Amendment which expanded voting rights to include women.  The Jim Crow South and the birth of the Civil Rights Movement have also been topics of study leading up to this point in SC History.

Nationally, in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson introduced a program known as the Great Society.  The program included low-cost health insurance (Medicare) under Social Security, grants for public schools, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was passed to end discrimination against African-American voters.  This Act actually helped enforce the Fifteenth and Nineteenth amendments, giving African-American men and all women the right to vote without having to take literacy tests. It also required certain southern states that had redrawn voting district lines in order to minimize African-American votes to submit any new redistricting plans to the federal government for approval (Before the Voting Rights Act http://epic.org/privacy/voting/register/intro_a.html)

This strategy is used to break a video into shorter segments with thinking questions for each segment.  Display the thinking questions for each segment prior to showing.

Essential Question: 

Why was the Voting Rights Act of 1965 necessary and is it still relevant to today’s population of young voters?

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Lesson created by:
Cherlyn Anderson and Margaret Lorimer
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