Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Eleanor Roosevelt, and supports the standard of explaining connections among historical contexts and people’s perspectives at the time. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.


Prompt students:

  • Eleanor Roosevelt is often called the “First Lady of the World”. What can you infer about her life and career from this nickname?


  • Read the description on the Eleanor Roosevelt topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Assign Related Reading. Have students read one of the articles.Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Assign Eleanor Roosevelt Challenge and Quiz, prompting students to apply essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.


Students express what they learned about Eleanor Roosevelt while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a mini-documentary explaining how Eleanor Roosevelt helped establish the United Nations. 
  • Make-a-Map: Create a concept map identifying the events and ideas that influenced Eleanor Roosevelt’s political beliefs. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a digital museum exhibit featuring artifacts and figures to represent the life and impact of Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • Primary Source Activity: Examine letters between Eleanor Roosevelt and Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, then cite details to answer accompanying questions.

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Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of historical perspectives with these topics: Franklin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, and Women’s Suffrage.

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Filed as:  3-5, 6-8, 9-12, BrainPOP, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.2