Lesson Plans

Alice Paul & Strong Women

Students analyze primary sources and the poem “Alice Paul” by Katharine Rolston Fisher to gain a deeper understanding of women suffragists and make comparisons with a strong woman that they know. After, students might interview the woman or write a poem about her.


Was Jane Addams a Wonder Woman in History?

Students analyze primary sources to investigate the life and deeds of Jane Addams, ultimately making an argument to recommend to answer this compelling question. After, students will review actions people can take to get qualified women to run for political office and then write a note to a woman they know, or their future selves,…


Tactics in the March to Suffrage

Students examine the tactics supporters of the woman suffrage movement used in their long quest to gain the right to vote through primary source analysis, consider the effectiveness of various social movement strategies, and create their own tactical plan to affect change on an issue relevant to their own lives.


Perceptions & Roles of American Women

Students analyze historical primary sources and then create their own contemporary sources as they investigate and consider how perceptions of women in America and their roles in society have evolved over time. After, students brainstorm ways that citizens can work to achieve greater equality for all.


Dangerous Jane

Pair the picture book, Dangerous Jane, with primary sources to have students investigate the peace work of Jane Addams while building vocabulary and examining how perspectives change with time and circumstance. After, students could investigate the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, and/or share in words or pictures how they contribute to a more…


Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909

Pair the picture book, Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909, with primary sources to have students practice close reading, build vocabulary, and investigate labor activism and one group’s fight for shorter hours, increased wages, and more sanitary working conditions. After, students may share, in words or pictures, an example of something…


Concerning the American Girl

Students reflect on women’s rights through an examination of “ideals of womanhood” over time.