Here are some great resources, links and lesson plans that can tie past and present issues surrounding voting rights:
The Woodrow Wilson Library has lesson plans that include everything from essential questions to assessments. Lots of links to primary documents included!
Scholastic has some great lesson plans for different age groups, grades 1-2, 4-5, 6-8 with resources and activities.
Looking for primary documents? Of course our National Archives has put together great lesson plans and resources in their Teaching with Documents site.
Mr. Donn’s web pages include links to lesson plans, games, and links to Powerpoints on women’s suffrage.
Tom Daccord’s site, Edtechteacher has a great collection of Best History Sites on women’s history.
This great lesson plan from Edsitement on Pro-and Anti-Suffrage Arguments has students look at women’s suffrage issues from all different perspectives- The Founding Fathers, the family, African Americans, States Rights, husbands, etc. Check out the other 3 great activities at this site with links to political cartoons, articles, fliers and other primary documents of the day.
Why not follow up this great lesson by letting students discuss the issues by role-playing different points of view using the online SCAN tool and having students decide what should be done. Check out the free lesson on “Women's Voting Rights."
How is this relevant to today?
Tie these great topics in by looking at the recent discussion on the Voting Rights Act which requires states to get advance approval by the Federal Government before they can change the way they hold elections.
Look at how women’s issues are affecting voting today. If women were voting, what issues would become non-issues?
Connect to women’s rights headlines from around the world by looking at the recent shooting of a 14 year old Pakistani girl by the Taliban for championing the education of girls and publicizing atrocities committed by the Taliban.Do you have any favorite resources or activities to help our students appreciate voting rights?