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Standards covered by this lesson
In 1848, Charlotte Woodward set out for Seneca Falls, New York, to attend
a convention that would herald the start of the Women’s Suffrage
movement. Civil rights leaders, abolitionists, and even detractors who
taunt the women demanding suffrage also attend the convention. This cast
of characters would work for -- and against -- woman suffrage through
protest and publications for the next 70 years. Charlotte was the only
original member of the Seneca Falls Convention who lived to see women
gain the right to vote; however, she was unable to vote herself because
she was ill on Election Day, 1920. The focus of this story is the 19th
This lesson includes multiple voices and would be a good choice for involving
students in reading aloud as different characters. Use a projector to
display the lesson to the classroom and have students take turns reading
different parts, such as Charlotte Woodward, Frederick Douglass, Lucretia
Mott, or Sojourner Truth.
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It is recommended that teachers preview the lesson to identify
concepts that may need to be reviewed before students begin. Concepts
include the equal rights, discrimination, and women's rights. Teachers
may also wish to create a vocabulary/spelling list for terms found in
Teachers may also wish to review the biographies of the historical figures
studied in the lesson to provide anecdotal or secondary information. It
would also be helpful to review the historical period discussed in the
lesson (1848-1920). Viewing Suffrage
Pictures 1850-1920 (Library of Congress American Memory) would be
an engaging group or individual activity to prepare for this lesson.
by this lesson
Refer to the module Teaching
Guide for list a Language Arts goals covered by all WebDocent lessons.
Grades 7-8 Social Science and American History
Illinois State Goal 14
Understand, analyze, and compare political systems with
an emphasis on the United States.
Illinois State Goal 16
Understand and analyze events, trends, individuals, and movements shaping
the history of Illinois, the United States, and other nations.
Illinois State Goal 18
Understand, analyze, and compare social systems with an emphasis on the
The Additional Activities cover the following
Language Arts goals:
Illinois State Goal 4
Listen and speak effectively in a variety of situations.
Illinois State Goal 5
Use the language arts for inquiry and research to acquire, organize, analyze,
evaluate, and communicate information.
Sandra D. Harmon, Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, Susan Westbury. "Readers'
Theatre as a History Teaching Tool." The History Teacher, 32, 4 (Aug.
Refer to the module Teaching
Guide for an explanation of the online journal for assessment purposes.
See the Additional Activities page for ideas
for extending the lesson offline.