Fall 2020 Education Series
JFK Library Teaching and Learning Tuesdays
From the Library's Department of Education and Public Programs Team
October 20, 2020

Volume 2
The Right to Vote
Campaigns and Elections

Explore the history of voting rights and contemporary voting rights issues. Pair these 2020 election activities with lessons on voting rights!
Ready-to-Go Resources
Lesson Plan
Road to the White House
Grades 4-6
Students make the "trip" with JFK from the Democratic National Convention to the November 8, 1960 election using the Election 1960 game board, answering questions with information gleaned from a virtual Campaign Office interactive.
“The Most Powerful and Precious Right”: A Voting Rights Photo Book 
Grades 3 & Up
Introduce your students to voting rights through archival photographs and documents from the archives of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and other collections. Includes guided questions and a bibliography of web resources.
Lesson Plan
Red States, Blue States: Mapping the Presidential Election
Grades 3-8
Students use a 1960 electoral map to analyze that year’s presidential election results. They predict and record the 2020 presidential election results on a blank electoral map. They then compare the two maps to identify changes in voting patterns.
Lesson Plan
Let Our Voices Be Heard
Grades 9-12
In this role play lesson, students delve into the struggle for equal voting rights for African Americans in Mississippi in 1963.
Expanding Democracy Conference
October 27 - October 28
In commemoration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, this conference will explore the history of the suffrage movement and how efforts to broaden voting rights have evolved over time. Archivist of the United States David Ferriero and Deputy Archivist of the United States Debra Steidel Wall will introduce sessions that exploring the origins and development of suffrage efforts as well as contemporary voting rights issues. 
Tuesday, October 27th
6:00 - 7:30 PM EDT
Molly Ball, national political correspondent for TIME and author of the new book Pelosi, and Susan Page, USA Today’s Washington bureau chief and author of the forthcoming Madam Speaker, discuss Nancy Pelosi’s career and leadership as Speaker of the House of Representatives with Nancy Cordes, chief congressional correspondent for CBS News.
Expanding Democracy:
The 19th Amendment and Voting Rights Today
Wednesday, October 28th
11:00 AM - 12:40 PM EDT
Join UCLA professor emeritus of history Ellen DuBois, Johns Hopkins professor of history Martha S. Jones, University of Connecticut professor of history Manisha Sinha, author Brenda Wineapple, and Carnegie Mellon professor of history and moderator Lisa Tetrault as they explore the history and origins of the movement.
Expanding Democracy:
The 19th Amendment and Voting Rights Today
Wednesday, October 28th
1:30 - 3:00 PM EDT
Join University of Virginia professor of politics Jennifer Lawless, University of Massachusetts Boston professor of political science Erin O’Brien, Harvard University professor of government and sociology Theda Skocpol, University of South Carolina professor emerita of history Marjorie Spruill, and Suffolk University professor of government and moderator Rachael Cobb as they explore contemporary issues related to the 19th Amendment.
Expanding Democracy | Keynote: The Role of the Judiciary
Wednesday, October 28th
3:30 - 4:30 PM EDT
Join Judge Nancy Gertner (ret.), senior lecturer on law at Harvard Law School, and former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Margaret Marshall for a culminating keynote session that will deepen the conversation about the judicial role in contemporary voting rights issues.
This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Mass Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
National Student Mock Election
There Is Still Time to Sign Up!
Whether in a classroom or learning remotely, students can vote and learn about civic engagement with thousands of other students from across the United States. The Kennedy Library is the administrator for the Massachusetts program and provides curricular resources that explore the 2020 Presidential Election and the core principles of voting.
Virtual School Programs
Sign Your Class Up Today
Bring our education specialists to your virtual classroom! In structured educational programs, your students will explore such topics as presidential campaigns and elections, civil rights, and, of course, John F. Kennedy, to name a few.
Save the Date
Dignity and Justice for All:
Stories of Protest, Resistance, and Change
March 24, 2021
This virtual conference for teachers of grades 3 - 8 and school librarians will feature keynote Dr. Debbie Reese and award-winning authors Jabari Asim, Ann Bausum, and Doreen Rapport. All participants will receive an annotated bibliography.
Forum Spotlight
The Electoral College
Mary Sarah Bilder, Boston College professor of law; Edward B. Foley, Ohio State University professor of constitutional law; and Jesse Wegman, author of Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College, discussed the history of and contemporary challenges to the Electoral College. Jonathan Kaufman, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and editor and Director of Northeastern University’s School of Journalism, moderated.
Activity of the Week
Popsicle Stick Flag
The American flag has been a symbol for freedom for over 240 years. Today's flag is the 27th design. Architect IM Pei installed the flag in the Pavilion at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum to represent President Kennedy and the office of the presidency. Have students make their own flag with popsicle sticks and learn more about the American flag and the meaning behind its colors.
New Frontiers: A Newsletter for Educators
The Fall 2020 | Issue #29
This issue focuses on voting rights and overcoming barriers to voting with grade specific lesson plans that spotlight racial discrimination and poll taxes. An invitation to Expanding Democracy: The 19th Amendment and Voting Rights Today, a conference commemorating the centennial of suffrage for women and exploring the history of the suffrage movement and how efforts to broaden voting rights have evolved over time, is accompanied by a feature highlighting some of the many contributions women made to help elect John F. Kennedy to office. A student activity for mapping the upcoming election results and comparing them to election night 1960 is included along with an announcement of new virtual program offerings for schools.   
In Case You Missed It...
JFK Library's Teaching and Learning Tuesdays 10/6
The previous e-news featured the National Student Mock Election; the "Addressing Racial Discrimination in Voting," "Political Debates: Advising a Candidate," and "Barriers to Voting: Poll Taxes" lesson plans; the Expanding Democracy: The 19th Amendment and Voting Rights Today conference; the "Voting Rights in the Kennedy Years" Forum; the "Make a Campaign Button" activity of the week; and the DocsTeach: Election Collection from the National Archives and Records Administration.

In addition, all past emails from this series are available on the Library's website.
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