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Teaching Guide: Scholastic’s Women’s Suffrage Unit

Women's Suffrage Teacher's Guide. Scholastic Corporation, 1996.

Era: Post-Suffrage Era | Media: Encyclopedia Entry, Web-based

This teaching guide from Scholastic is designed to help elementary and middle school teachers plan and carry out lessons and assessments about women’s suffrage, both in the United States and internationally. It includes tips on everything from how to set up the classroom before lessons to recommendations for essays to assign, and how to grade them.

From the site:

Scholastic’s Women’s Suffrage unit allows your students to learn about the quest by women around the world to win the right to vote. Students will read background information while building their vocabulary skills. Students will also explore and analyze maps and dates as well as have a chance to make a personal connection by reading a firsthand account of a woman who voted for the first time in 1920.

The site has lesson plans tailored to various grade levels, from first grade through eighth.

The lessons on the site meet the following teaching standards: International Reading Association (IRA) standards; National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standards; National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) standards; and Technology Foundation Standards for Students.

In addition to the site’s Teacher’s Guide section, there is also a page of activities for students to use during lessons. This consists of three main activities, whose descriptions come from the Scholastic site:

With Grolier Encyclopedia online, students read background articles related to the women’s suffrage movement. A list of vocabulary words used in each article accompanies the text. After reading the articles, students take an interactive quiz that tests them on content and vocabulary.

Using a printable chart as a guide, students explore two maps: one of the world and one of the United States. Clicking on different countries and different states, students get information on when women in that area won the right to vote. Filling out their chart, students are asked to draw conclusions about global patterns of women’s suffrage.

Effie Hobby was born in 1897 and was 23 years old in 1920, making her eligible to vote in the first U.S. presidential race. Students can follow Effie’s story and learn what it was like for her to win the right to vote. Students will also learn about events that occurred during Effie’s life.

Interested in other resources for educators? Click here to browse other Teaching Suffrage materials on Women’s Suffrage and the Media.

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