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Women’s History Month, Grades 9-12

Lessons, Activities, Background Reading, and More

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The March 2016 Theme for Women’s History Month is "Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government". 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

Oral History and Social History
This oral history lesson for grades 5-12 includes a section of primary sources on working women in the 1930s.

Beyond Rosie the Riveter: Women's Contributions During World War II
Students in grades 5-12 investigate how American women contributed to the war effort during World War II.

Cultural Change
Students in grades 9-12 examine relationship between political ideas and cultural attitudes.

Women Writers and Dissent in 20th and 21st Century American Literature
In this unit, students in grade 10 learn of the contributions to literature made by women of various ethnic and racial backgrounds.

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.

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.

Chicana Rights Students (grades 9-12) research various events relating to the Chicana rights movement in order to analyze the Chicana Caucus Resolutions passed in 1973.

Eleanor Roosevelt and the Rise of Social Reform in the 1930s Students (grades 9-12) explore Eleanor Roosevelt's role during and after the New Deal as well as examine the lives and works of influential women who were part of her political network.

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.

Activities

Tools:

Oral History Tools
Features a set of questions for eliciting women's stories for use in your family, classroom, or community program.

American Women's History: A Research Guide: Oral History

Background Resources

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 Politics

Biographies of Women Mathematicians

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.

6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism

Museum Websites

Quizzes & Printables

Quizzes

Printables

Audio/Video

last updated: February 8, 2016

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