Teaching Guide

Please refer to the module Teaching Guide for additional information.

Lesson summary
Instructional use
Pre-lesson activity
Standards covered by this lesson
Selected bibliography
Assessment

Lesson summary

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 Amendment.

Instructional use

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.

For other instructional use scenarios refer to the module Teaching Guide.

Pre-lesson activity

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 this lesson.

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.

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Standards covered 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 United States.

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.

Selected bibliography


Sandra D. Harmon, Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, Susan Westbury. "Readers' Theatre as a History Teaching Tool." The History Teacher, 32, 4 (Aug. 1999), 525-545.

Assessment


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.

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