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Activity Overview


Over the course of the last few hundred years, America has prided itself as being a country that values freedom and the voice of its people. Although the pillars of the United States Constitution are founded on these freedoms, millions of Americans have had to fight for their right to vote in elections. Using a timeline layout, students will research the history of voting rights in the United States. This activity could be used as a summative review of the unit, or an assignment that helps students learn and teach one another about their findings.


Students may choose to illustrate the following events (among others):

  • 15th Amendment
  • 19th Amendment
  • Indian Citizenship Act
  • 23rd Amendment
  • 24th Amendment
  • Voting Rights Act
  • 26th Amendment
  • Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act 1986
  • Civil Rights Act 1870
  • Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act of 1984
Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-12

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

Type of Activity: Timelines



Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:


Objective: Create a timeline that outlines the history of voting rights in the United States.


Student Instructions:


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Add cells to your timeline as needed.
  3. List out each of the events in sequential order.
  4. In the description boxes, describe the events.
  5. Create an image in each cell that depicts the events, using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  6. Save the storyboard and submit it to the assignment.

Requirements:



Rubric

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Timeline
Create a timeline of important events and people, and explain their significance. Make sure the dates are correct, and the Photos for Class pictures are historically accurate or significant.
Proficient
33 Points
Emerging
25 Points
Beginning
17 Points
Events and Dates
The events chosen for the timeline are significant and important to the overall understanding of the time period. The dates provided are correct.
Most of the events chosen for the timeline are significant and important to the overall understanding of the time period. Most of the dates provided are correct.
Some of the events chosen for the timeline are significant. There may be missing events, or events that are irrelevant. Too many dates may be incorrect.
Explanations/Descriptions
The explanations or descriptions provided for each event are accurate and provide insight into the significance of the events.
The explanations or descriptions provided for each event are mostly accurate and attempt to provide insight into the significance of the events.
There are several glaring inaccuracies in the explanations or descriptions of the events. There may be little or no insight int the significance of the events, or the information provided may be too limited or missing.
English Conventions
There are 0-2 mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.
There are 3-4 mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.
There are 5 or more mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.




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