Curriculum on Issues Related to Presidential Powers and Voting Rights
The LBJ Presidential Library provides freely downloadable curriculum resources for addressing the issues during Lyndon Johnson’s presidency. In the collection, teachers will find activities and accompanying primary source materials on civil rights, voting rights, elections, presidential powers, and more. For example, in the high school lesson “A Civil Rights Investigation: Mississippi Burning,” students investigate the disappearance of three civil rights workers during the Freedom Summer of 1964, using telephone conversations, oral histories, and documents as evidence to solve the case. Another lesson, “Piecing Together History: The Voting Rights Act,” invites middle school and high school students to follow the journey for voting rights and evaluate primary sources to determine whether the Voting Rights Act was necessary. Teams gather evidence to support a stance on voting rights legislation and work toward completing a final, secret task. And in the lesson on “Presidential Powers,” students from elementary to high school learn that although the formal powers of the US president are outlined in Article II of the Constitution, the informal roles and responsibilities of the president have continued to evolve over the nation’s history. Students examine primary sources to determine which presidential power Article II best represents.
Through primary source analysis, The Plainest Demands of Justice, a new resource from the Bill of Rights Institute, explores the efforts to realize the nation’s founding principles of liberty, equality, and justice by exploring key periods in African American history.
The National Constitution Center (NCC) recently released Constitution 101, a 15-week curriculum for high school students, and a standalone self-guidedcourse for learners of all ages, exploring the basic principles of American freedom and the core constitutional texts of American history, from the founding to today.
Educators for Social Change (4SC) equips teachers with resources to develop their students’ capacity to become effective civic leaders who write persuasively, speak passionately, and participate actively in the creation and dissemination of ideas.