Voting Rights Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to constitutional amendments and other laws that are associated with voting rights. Students will watch a video lesson, read a text lesson, create a graphic organizer of new information, and research important figures in the fight for voting rights.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify and describe constitutional amendments and other laws that are associated with voting rights.
  • describe the struggle through which one amendment or law underwent to become official.


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.


Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.


  • Begin the lesson by asking students if they have ever gone to a voting booth. If they are old enough to vote, some of them may have done so. Others may have gone to a voting booth with a parent, guardian, or adult relative.
  • Ask students to create the chart below on a blank piece of paper (they will need at least five rows). As they watch the video lesson and read the text lesson, they will fill in the chart accordingly.

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