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Women’s History Month, Grades 9-12

Lessons, Activities, Background Reading, and More

Found In: language artssocial studies, 9-12

The March 2015 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

Shedding Light on X-ray Crystallography
Students in grades 9-12 will Identify laboratory techniques used by Rosalind Franklin in the development of an accurate model of DNA structure.

Jazz Appreciation Month: Celebrate Women Jazz Artists -Lesson Plan
Students in grades K-12 learn about women’s contributions to jazz.

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.

Women in the Civil War: Ladies, Contraband and Spies
Students in grades 6-12 read primary sources (diaries, letters, and photographs) to explore the experiences of women in the Civil War.

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

Women in Poetry
In this thematic unit, students in grades 10-12 are introduced to a broad range of women's voices in poetry.

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.

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.



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.

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




last updated: February 9, 2015


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