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Lesson Plans - March

Women in the White House

In this lesson, students explore the role and impact of recent First Ladies through research and family interviews, then work in groups to present a documentary portrait to the class.

Women Aviators in World War II: “Fly Girls”

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

* Explain the contributions of WASPs to the war effort.
* Show how women were portrayed in World War II posters (and newsreels).
* Compare and contrast those portrayals with personal recollections of the

Who Were the Foremothers of Women’s Equality?

What sources are useful for uncovering the names of the women who contributed to the early Women’s Rights Movement in the U.S.? Which contributions and individuals were particularly significant?

Voting Rights for Women: Pro- and Anti-Suffrage

What attitudes about women and their relationships with men had to be overcome before women could take their rightful place in American society? What were the arguments for and against suffrage?

Scripting the Past: Exploring Women’s History Through Film

In this lesson, students employ the screenwriter’s craft to gain a fresh perspective on historical research, learning how filmmakers combine scholarship and imagination to bring historical figures to life and how the demands of cinematic storytelling can shape our view of the past.