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Create a Timeline About Women in Sports

Students will select a woman who has fought for equal rights and conduct research to learn about her battle. They will think of a fitting way to pay tribute to the woman and then write a summary and draw a picture of their ideas.

PROCESS:

  1. As a class, create a list of sports that women play. Then brainstorm ideas about what might constitute an important event in women's sports. For example, when did women's gymnastics debut in the Olympics? (1928) When did Title IX become effective? (1972) When did a woman first drive in the Indianapolis 500? (1977)
  2. Divide the class into pairs or small groups. Assign each pair or group a sport from the list. (If students are working in pairs, there may be some repeats.) Give pairs/groups time to conduct research to identify what they consider to be the most important moments for women in the history of their assigned sport.
  3. Have students create a timeline tracking the important events they discovered. Then create a master timeline tracking the overall history of women in sports. Instruct students in each pair/group to add their events to the master timeline.
  4. Once the master timeline is complete, encourage students to select the one event that surprised them the most. Give students time to conduct further research. Encourage them to write an analysis of the event.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite students to share their reports with the class. After all reports have been read, encourage students to identify what they think are the most pivotal moments in the history of women's sports. Challenge them to explain how they think these moments impact women's sports today.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
As a class, create a list of sports and brainstorm examples of important events in the history of women's sports. Then have students complete the project in small groups. Assign a sport to each group. Encourage groups to create a timeline that contains at least three important moments in the history of women in their sport. Once the master timeline is complete, encourage each group to pick the event on it that surprised group members the most. Give groups time to conduct research and write an analysis of the event.
Grades 5-6:
As a class, create a list of sports and brainstorm examples of important events in the history of women's sports. Then have students complete the project in small groups. Assign a sport to each group. Encourage groups to create a timeline that contains at least five important moments in the history of women in their sport. Once the master timeline is complete, encourage each group to pick the event on it that surprised group members the most. Give groups time to conduct research and write an analysis of the event.
Grades 7-8:
As a class, create a list of sports and brainstorm examples of important events in the history of women's sports. Then assign each student a partner. Assign each pair a sport. Have partners conduct research to identify at least five pivotal moments in the history of women in that sport. Challenge them to write a brief summary of each event. Once the master timeline is complete, instruct partners to the pick one event that surprised them the most. Give them time to conduct research and write a detailed analysis of the event.
Grades 9-10:
As a class, create a list of sports and brainstorm examples of important events in the history of women's sports. Then assign each student a partner. Assign each pair a sport. Have partners conduct research to identify as many important moments in the history of women in that sport as they can. Challenge them to write a detailed summary of each event. Once the master timeline is complete, instruct partners to the pick one event that surprised them the most. Give them time to conduct research and write a detailed analysis of the event, including what led up to it and how things have changed since.