May Topic Resources:

Law Day and the Right to Vote

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Law Day Powerpoint Presentations

What does Law Day mean to you? Powerpoint Presentation

19th Amendment and Suffragist Powerpoint Presentation

Law Day Lesson Plans by the American Bar Association (ABA)

Elementary School Lesson Plans

John F. Kennedy Speech Lesson

American Bar Association’s Picture Books Recommended Reading List

Middle School Lesson Plans

American Bar Association

This lesson discusses the constitutional right to petition, and how petitions have been used in American history. The suffragists and other actors throughout American history used petitions to accomplish their goals. Students will review historical and contemporary petitions and offer ideas about how petitions might be used.

American Bar Association

This lesson teaches students, through a simulation related to government-sponsored Confederate monuments, about the government-speech doctrine under the First Amendment. In particular, this lesson aims to (1) introduce students to the issue of government speech; (2) teach the doctrine; (3) apply the doctrine in a contemporary context; and (4) critically analyze the doctrine.


High School Lesson Plans

American Bar Association

Students will read an article that presents multiple perspectives on the issue of lowering the voting age to 16 in order to prepare to engage in a Philosophical Chairs discussion on the topic. Philosophical Chairs is a structured form of discussion founded on using evidence to develop an informed response to a prompt on a current issue. In this strategy, students determine their perspective on the prompt, varying points of view on the issue based on text evidence, and actively persuade others to join their position. Students may change their position or perspective on the topic throughout the activity. The goal of Philosophical Chairs is to persuade others and be open to persuasion, not to reach a consensus about a topic.

American Bar Association

This lesson will ask students to engage with landmark freedom of press case studies exploring how the Supreme Court has ruled on First Amendment issues and has tried to balance competing values in our democracy. 

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