Voting Rights, the Constitution & Representative Government

Grades 6-8
30 mins
Three women are seated at a table while writing on a piece of paper with a sign hanging behind them that reads "Get a piece of the action - Register Now TO VOTE - Board of Election Commissioners - City of Chicago"
Vote Registration Drive was one aspect of Black Expo, an annual exhibit of Black talent, education, products, and other aspects of Black consciousness held in Chicago, 9/1973.
Using the Constitution, constitutional amendments, and legislation, students will explore the progression of voting rights in the United States and its impact on representative government. Additional primary source documents from the National Archives, including photographs and political cartoons, will enhance student understanding of the ways in which contemporary events and public civic engagement influence their lives today.

This Civics for All of US distance learning program is available for groups of 10 or more students free of charge. 

Each program will be led by one of our educators located at National Archives sites, the Center for Legislative Archives, and Presidential Libraries across the country. After submitting your program request, you will be connected to an available National Archives educator to confirm your reservation. 

We require that the requesting educator or another educator from your institution be present during the student distance learning program to observe the session and support classroom management.

Check out the teacher guide for this program for optional pre- and post program activities.

Programs are also offered as regularly scheduled interactive webinars. Registration is required, but there is no minimum attendance prerequisite.

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