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The 26th Amendment
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This lesson explores the most recent constitutional expansion of voting rights: extending them to people between 18 and 21 years of age. Students will read the 26th Amendment and learn about its history. They will view an NBC report from Nov. 5, 2008, that explains how important the youth vote was to the election of Barack Obama. Finally, they will examine the results of a recent study showing that young voters have very different concerns than older voters, and hypothesize about how young voters might affect elections in 2012 and beyond.

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U.S. History
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Lesson Plan
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Southern Poverty Law Center
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Anti-Racism Activity: 'The Sneetches'
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Before conducting this activity, educators may want to discuss historical information about racism and diversity issues. In the story The Sneetches, written by Dr. Seuss, yellow bird-like creatures take students on an adventure where green stars become the symbol of discrimination and privilege. After reading the story aloud, let students participate in the following activities that can be adapted with or without the story.

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Education
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Southern Poverty Law Center
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Center for Health and Health Care in Schools
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The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools supports the good health of children and adolescents by working with parents, teachers, health professionals and school administrators to strengthen successful health programs at school.This web site combines information on key school health issues with guidance on organizational and financing challenges. High-quality school health programs are the most direct, efficient ways to assure that all children get the help they need to lead healthy and productive lives.

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Health, Medicine and Nursing
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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George Washington University
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The Civil Rights Act and the ADA
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This activity asks students to read and compare the language of selected civil rights legislation.By tracing the changes in language (from "handicapped" to "people with disabilities," for example) and the necessity of restating and reinforcing Constitutional rights, the analysis likewise asks them to think about prejudice, stigma and fundamental rights and freedoms.

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Education
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Southern Poverty Law Center
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Thanksgiving Mourning
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Much of the Thanksgiving story focuses on a peaceful, cross-cultural exchange between the "Pilgrims and Indians." While it's true that the Wampanoag and the Planters shared in a harvest celebration, within fifty years, the Wampanoag would no longer be a free people. For some Native Americans, Thanksgiving is no cause for celebration, but rather serves as a reminder of colonization's devastating impact on indigenous peoples.

Subject:
U.S. History
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Lesson Plan
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Southern Poverty Law Center
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Individual Authors
Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice: Advertisements Promoting Activism
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Activities will help students:

Explore the role of photography (and the photographer) in documenting activism.
Examine different kinds of activism in photography.
Analyze how photographs can be persuasive.

Essential Questions:

How do photographers play a role in activism?
How can photographs be persuasive and/or inspiring?

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Southern Poverty Law Center
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Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice: Confronting Unjust Laws
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In this lesson, students will analyze a photograph of people protesting what they see as an unjust law: A law prohibiting marriage equality in California. This lesson is part of the Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice series.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Southern Poverty Law Center
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The Voting Rights Act, 1965 and beyond
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This lesson is the third in a series called Expanding Voting Rights. The overall goal of the series is for students to explore the complicated history of voting rights in this country. Two characteristics of that history stand out: First, in fits and starts, more and more Americans have gained the right to vote; and second, the federal government has played an increasing role over time in securing these rights.

Subject:
Social Science
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Lesson Plan
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Southern Poverty Law Center
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Individual Authors