Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Women’s Suffrage, and supports the standard of describing the impact of the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students:

  • When do you think women got the right to vote? 
  • Why do you think women have not always had the right to vote?
  • Why is voting so important?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

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

Step 3: ENGAGE

Students express what they learned about women’s suffrage 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 newscast covering the Seneca Falls Convention that describes the significance of its key goals. (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas)
  • Make-a-Map: Create a timeline identifying events important to women’s suffrage and identifying the impact of each. (Essential  Literacy Skill: Cite specific evidence to support conclusions)
  • Creative Coding: Code a flag representing women’s suffrage. (Essential Skill: Make logical inferences from explicit details.)
  • Primary Source Activity: Analyze a postcard and political cartoon and cite details to answer accompanying questions. (Essential Literacy Skill: Integrate content presented in diverse media)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the Women’s Suffrage Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Women’s Suffrage Quiz

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Do I Have a Right?: Deepen understanding about Constitutional rights with an interactive game where students resolve cases at a Constitutional law firm.

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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