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.
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