Women’s History Month, Grades 6-8
Lessons, Activities, Background Reading, and More
The March 2016 Theme for Women’s History Month is Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives. Examine the changing cultural perceptions of women in society and honor their contributions to all aspects of life in the following lessons and activities.
Lessons & Activities
Suffrage Strategies: Voices for Votes
Students in grades 3-8 identify different methods people used to change attitudes about suffrage for women and create original documents encouraging citizens to vote in current elections.
Oral History and Social History
This oral history lesson for grades 5-12 includes a seciton of primary sources on working women in the 1930's.
Beyond Rosie the Riveter
Students in grades 5-12 investigate how American women contributed to the war effort during World War II.
Women’s History Month Word Cloudswomen’s History Month Word Clouds (PDF , 205 KB, 2 pgs) Students (K-12) create "word clouds" using excerpts of letters and speeches by famous women.
Women and Congress Students (K-12) explore the benefits of increasing women’s congressional representation.
March is National Women's History Month Students (grades 3-12) explore the accomplishments of women in U.S. history with your class by creating a scrapbook that highlights the accomplishments of famous American women.
In the Shadows, Agents of Change (PDF , 131 KB, 3 pgs.) Students (grades 6-8, adaptable for 4-5) explore the role played by gender during an era of expanding political rights and personal liberties.
Nineteenth Century Women: Struggle and Triumph Students (grades 6-8. 9-12) examine journals, letters, narratives and other primary sources and write about women who helped shape the history of the United States.
Actions That Changed The Law (PDF , 1.9 MB, 123 pgs.) the story behind the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, students (6-8, 9-12) examine the lawmaking process, consider how Supreme Court decisions can prompt better laws, and learn about the rights and responsibilities they will have as workers. Related resources: Women's Struggle for Equality.
Sets of Additional Lessons
Lesson Plans: Women's History
Lessons for students in grades 3-12 explore the struggle for women’s suffrage.
Celebrate Women’s History Month
Lessons and other resources for students in grades 6-12 cover women in politics, economics, history, arts, sports, culture, and science.
Teaching with Historic Places: Women's History Lesson Plans
Lessons for K-12 students use historic places – such as Clara Barton’s House, a Virginia Plantation and a female aviator’s home in Brooklyn – to explore aspects of women’s history.
- Women’s History Month
Crosswords, quizzes, and other fun for kids.
- American Women: A Children's Activity Guide (
PDF, 3.65 MB, 2 pgs.)
Activities from the National Portrait Gallery.
Oral History Tools
Features a set of questions for eliciting women's stories for use in your family, classroom, or community program.
Women’s History Month Library of Congress
Resources from The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Women's History Teaching Resources
Portraits, photographs, online exhibit, world music, women inventors, and more
Pages from Her Story - For Teachers (Library of Congress)
Excerpts from women’s diaries, journals, memoirs, reminiscences, letters, speeches, and interviews spanning 1675-1957.
For Teachers - Women's History Month
Primary sources, lesson plans, student activities, collection guides, and research aids.
National Women's History Project: Resource Center
Information, resources, and educational materials about multicultural women’s history.
Notable Speeches and Addresses by U.S. Women, 1849–present
Full text speeches and links to brief biographies.
Women in World History
Primary sources and classroom modules.
Women in Science
Full and partial text access to written works of several female scientists accompanied by biographies.
Changing the Face of Medicine
Examine women’s contributions to medicine.
National Women's History Month
Women’s contributions to national defense.
Quizzes & Printables
- Quizzes and Crosswords
- Women in History Quiz - Test Your Knowledge of Women's History
- National Women's History Month Quiz
- March - Women's History Month – Quiz Pass and play the next level.
- Women's History Quizzes
- Women in History - Multiple quizzes
- Monthly Themes: Women in History - Activities, quizzes, script your own film
- Inside Scoop: Georgia O'Keeffe ( PDF, 124 KB, 4 pgs.)
- Inside Scoop: Mary Cassatt ( PDF, 282 KB, 4 pgs.)
- Inside Scoop: Elisabeth Vigée-LeBrun ( PDF, 147 KB, 4 pgs.)
- Library of Congress: Women's History Month
A selection of digital material available from the Library of the Congress and other partner agencies.
- Biography.com: Explore Women’s History Month
Timeline, video clips, quotes, trivia quiz.
- History.com: Women’s History Month
22 videos and 6 photo galleries.
last updated: February 8, 2016