This month marks the 170th anniversary of the Seneca Falls convention that launched the women’s suffrage movement. It took more than 70 years for women to get the right to vote. It’s also the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, which has had a profound effect on the rights of citizens. Finally, summer’s in full swing, so why not have fun checking out games for your classroom this fall! We have lots to choose from.
Suffragette Strategies: Voices for Votes
Students examine a variety of primary source documents related to the women’s suffrage movement. They identify different methods people used to influence and change attitudes and beliefs about suffrage for women. Students then create original documents encouraging citizens to vote in current elections. This lesson from the Library of Congress is for third through eighth graders.
For a complete list of resources on women’s suffrage, go here.
A Conversation on the Constitution with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Fourteenth Amendment
Justice Ginsburg discusses the importance of the Fourteenth Amendment with high school students and how it came to embody and protect the principle of “We the people.” She covers the amendment’s three tenets: due process, equal protection of the laws, and privileges and immunities.
For a complete list of resources on the 14th Amendment, go here.
Created by the Indiana University Center on Representative Government in partnership with the Library of Congress, the Engaging Congress game was just named one of 2018’s best apps by the American Association of School Librarians. This fun, interactive game uses primary source documents to explore the basic tenets of representative government and the challenges they face in modern society.
For a complete list of games, go here.