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Honor a Woman Who Fought for Equal Rights

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. Invite students to share what they know about Susan B. Anthony. Remind them that today, more than a century after her death, admirers leave flowers and "I Voted" stickers at her grave. Rather than seeing this as litter or vandalism, the cemetery where she is buried loves the tribute. It's seen as a way of interacting with and honoring her legacy.
  2. Point out that Susan B. Anthony wasn't alone in her fight for women's rights. Many women joined her. Before her there were other battles. And even now, women fight for change.
  3. Have students select another woman who has fought for change. Instruct them to conduct research to learn about the woman, the issue she battled and how she went about fighting for change.
  4. Encourage students to think of a fitting way to pay tribute to this woman. Once they have an idea, instruct students to write a brief summary about the woman's fight and draw a picture showing how they would honor the woman for her part in the battle for women's rights.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite students to share their tributes with the class. Based on what they've learned about the woman, what she fought for and how she went about it, encourage students to explain why they think their tribute is a fitting way to honor the woman and her fight for equal rights.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
As a class, conduct research to identify a variety of women who have fought for change. Have students vote to select one woman to study further. Have the class conduct research to learn about that woman and her fight. Then divide the class into small groups. Have each group think of a fitting way to honor the woman. Instruct groups to write a brief summary about the woman's fight and a draw picture of their idea.
Grades 5-6:
Divide the class into small groups. Instruct groups to identify a variety of women who have fought for change. Encourage them to select one woman to study further. Give groups time to conduct research. Then have them think of a fitting way to honor the woman. Instruct groups to write a brief summary about the woman's fight and a draw picture of their idea.
Grades 7-8:
Divide the class into pairs. Instruct partners to select one topic or field of study and identify a woman who has fought for change in that area. Have students conduct research to learn more about the woman and the issue she was fighting for. Then have them think of a fitting way to honor the woman. Instruct partners to write a brief summary about the woman's fight and a draw picture of their idea.
Grades 9-10:
Encourage each student to select one woman who has or is fighting for equal rights. Give students time to conduct research to learn more about the woman, what she was fighting for and how she went about it. Given all they've learned, encourage students to think of a fitting way to honor the woman for her efforts. Have students summarize what they learned and draw a picture of their tribute. Challenge them to give insightful reasons as they explain why their idea is a fitting way to pay tribute to this woman for her part in the fight for women's rights.