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National & Civic Issues: Voting Rights

Central Research Question: Who should be able to vote?

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Articles with Reading Levels: 8.0-8.9


Article Name: Women Fought for Voting Rights; Museum of Movement Fights to Survive
Source: The Washington Post via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1020) 
Author: John Kelly
Date Published: March 19, 2015
Guiding Question: How can remembering the women’s suffrage movement be relevant today?
Grade Level: 7.0

Article Name: North Carolina Law May Engender the Voting Rights of Some Groups
Source: Los Angeles Times via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1020)
Author: David Zucchino
Date Published: September 10, 2013
Guiding Question: Do voter identification laws make it too difficult for some groups to vote?
Grade Level: 7.0

Article Name: Issue Overview: Voting rights
Source: Bloomberg via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 770)
Author: Mark Niquette
Date Published: October 5, 2016
Guiding Question: What did the Voting Rights Law aim to do?
Grade Level: 7.1


Article Name: Despite records numbers this year, Latino voters may not show up at polls
Source: The Washington Post via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 960) 
Author: Jose DelReal
Date Published: February 4, 2016
Guiding Question: Will Latino voters show up?
Grade Level: 8.0

Article Name: Why Arguments for Voter ID Laws Don’t Add Up
Source: The Washington Post
Author: Emily Badger
Date Published: October 24, 2014
Guiding Question: Should states prioritize eliminating voter fraud over higher voter turnouts?
Grade Level: 8.6

Article Name: U.S. government sues to block North Carolina's new voting law
Source: Reuters via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 990)
Author: David Ingram and Aruna Viswanatha
Date Published: October 2, 2013
Guiding Question: Do changes in voting laws affect voter turnout?
Grade Level: 8.7

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Article Name: President Obama tells Howard University grads to vote "all the time"
Source: Tribune Washington Bureau via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 940)
Author: Lisa Mascaro
Date Published: May 17, 2016
Guiding Question: What did Obama encourage college students to do?
Grade Level: 6.0

Article Name: Federal Government Sues North Carolina Over New Voting Law
Source: Reuters via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1150)
Author: David Ingram and Aruna Viswanatha
Date Published: October 2, 2013
Guiding Question: Can the Department of Justice prove that North Carolina’s voter ID law is discriminatory?
Grade Level: 6.0

Article Name: The Poll Tax That Wasn’t
Source: Politico
Author: Rich Lowry
Date Published: October 22, 2014
Guiding Question: Do voter identification laws really make a difference at the polls?
Grade Level: 9.0

Article Name: New Voter ID Law Tested During Texas Election
Source: USA Today
Author: Rick Jervis
Date Published: November 5, 2013
Guiding Question: How has the new voter ID law in Texas affected who is able to vote?
Grade Level: 10.1

Article Name: Supreme Court Stops Use of Key Part of Voting Rights Act
Source: The Washington Post
Author: Robert Barnes
Date Published: June 25, 2013
Guiding Question: Should the Supreme Court have struck down a key section of the Voting Rights Act?
Grade Level: 9.9

Article Name: Voter ID Laws Passed, but Voter Fraud Rarely Occurs
Source: NBC
Author: Suzanne Gamboa
Date Published: September 24, 2011
Guiding Question: Do voter ID laws address a problem that doesn’t need to be solved?
Grade Level: 10.4

Article Name: A History of the 15th Amendment
Source: History.com via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 940)
Author: History.com
Date Published: February 7, 2017
Guiding Question: What occurred between the passing of the 15th Amendment and the Voting Rights Act?
Grade Level: 9.6