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Women's Rights - The Struggle for Equality

Brenda Heath

Description

Students research the women's rights movement in the twentieth century and develop a timeline depicting major people/events associated with the movement.

Objectives

The student analyzes major historical events of the first half of the 20th century.

The student understands issues of personal concern: the rights and responsibilities of the individual under the U.S. Constitution, the importance of civil liberties, the role of conflict resolution and compromise and issues involving ethical behaviour

Materials

-Computer, printer, scanner (optional)
-Electronic encyclopedia CDs, Timeliner software (optional)
-Printed research material
-Magazines for scanning or cutting pictures to use on timelines
-Materials for constructing timelines: colored markers, pens, pencils, scissors, straight edges, and glue

Preparations

1. Obtain paper for timeline. Also have available colored markers, pens, pencils, scissors, straight edges, and glue for students who may wish to create their timeline without the aid of the computer. Magazines for scanning or cutting pictures would be helpful.

2. If the Timeliner, Powerpoint, or other software is used, the teacher will need to be familiar with the use of the software and be able to instruct students in its use.

Procedures

In order to help students understand -the rights and responsibilities of the individual under the U.S. Constitution and the importance of civil liberties,- the students will -analyze how the women's rights movement from the turn of the century to today- has influenced the American society.

1. The teacher will introduce the activity as part of a women's rights/civil rights unit.

2. Students may need to be instructed in the use of Timeliner software, if used.

3. Students may need to be instructed in the use of computer, printer, or scanner (if used).

4. Students research the movement for women's rights from the turn of the century until the present.

5. Students develop and prepare a timeline depicting at least ten events in the women's rights movement. This may be done using the Timeliner software, MS Powerpoint, etc., or may be manually produced by the individual student.

Assessments

Women's Rights Timeline:

Students will research and construct a timeline depicting major people and events associated with the women's rights movement during the twentieth century. A paragraph(s) should accompany the timeline which summarizes the students' research findings and includes a personal reflection explaining the importance of civil liberties.

Exemplary--timeline includes ten or more events/people; information is accurate and sequential; neat; original; easily read and understood

Commendable--timeline contains ten events; is accurate and sequential; readable; neat; understandable

Needs Work--timeline contains less than ten events; contains some inaccuracies and may be out of sequence; difficult to read or understand

Extensions

This may be used in American History, American Government, or Sociology.

This could be used in a Women's Rights, Civil Rights, or Progressive Era unit.

Web Links

Web supplement for Women's Rights--The Struggle for Equality
Pioneering Women in American Memory

Web supplement for Women's Rights--The Struggle for Equality
Historical Collections for the National Digital Library

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