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Who Are the Most Powerful 20th Century Women?

Francheska Jones
Leon County Schools


This activity introduces the students to Internet reference materials. Students research an assigned 20th century woman, copy and paste the URL in an email, and send the email to the teacher.


The student uses a variety of reference materials to gather information, including multiple representations of information for a research project (for example, maps, charts, photos).


-Parent-signed permission form allowing students to use the Internet and email (Consult with your school for the forms.)
-An [Oprah] magazine
-Computer with Internet access and Web browsing capabilities
-Email application (such as Microsoft Outlook, Eudora, etc.)
-Student copies of handouts (See Associated File)


1. Secure parental permission for students to access the Internet and email (refer to school or district policy).
2. Make sure each computer has an Internet connection, a Web browser, and email software loaded. NOTE: This lesson was designed for a Windows user using Internet Explorer, and any email software. MAC users can modify the lesson to meet their needs.
3. Create email accounts for students. Generate a document with a list of the students' and teacher's email accounts. Make copies for the class.
4. Use the list located in the Associated File to assign each student to a 20th century woman. Make student copies of the assigned list.
5. Make student copies of the Internet Explorer Overview, Different Ways to Print, How To Copy a Web Page URL, How To Paste a URL into an Email Application, and the Glossary. (See Associated File)


Provide an overview of the assignment. (A project on researching, printing, and emailing an article about a 20th century powerful woman.) Discuss the length of the project and the expectations.

INTRODUCTION (Day 1 – 60 minutes)
Day 1 sets the stage and introduces the basic concepts needed to complete the activity on Day 2. During Day 1, the students learn about online magazines, Internet Explorer, and printing.

1. Ask the students to give examples of powerful women (e.g. Oprah Winfrey, Indra Nooyi, Ann Moore) and discuss what makes a person powerful.

2. Discuss Oprah and explain why she is a powerful person. Discuss Oprah’s accomplishments.

3. Show the students the [Oprah] magazine and explain this would be one way to find information about Oprah. Explain that magazines are offered online also. (See Weblinks) Discuss what online magazines are. An online magazine is an online version of a magazine you would otherwise receive through the mail or buy at the bookstore. The advantages of online magazines are they are typically free, you can view the magazine daily with updated information, and they are great researching tools. To browse the magazine online you click the links. Similarly, you flip the pages of a hard copy magazine to browse the information. Example of online magazines includes [Fortune], [New York Times], and [Business Week].

4. Distribute the Internet Explorer Overview and Different Ways to Print documents. (See Associated File) Discuss the documents.

INTERNET MAGAZINES (Day 2 - 40 minutes)

5. Distribute the assigned 20th Century Women list. (See Associated File) Remind the students of the assignment.

6. Open Internet Explorer and go to the online [Fortune] magazine. (See Weblinks)

7. In the “Search Fortune” field, type the name of the assigned person name and hit “enter” on the keyboard.

8. Review the search results page. Explain to students that to read the descriptions, they click the links related to the assigned person. Provide guidance.

9. After finding an article that highlights at least 3 facts about the person, instruct students to print the page. (Click “File” and “Print.”)

10. Instruct students to circle the URL on the printed document.

EMAIL (Day 2 - 20 minutes)

11. Distribute a list of each student’s email account and the teacher’s email account.

12. Tell students we are about to learn how to copy a URL and paste it in the body of the email as a group.

13. Open the Internet Explorer and type in the URL from their document.

14. Copy the link on the Web page. Have students refer to the How To Copy a Web Page URL document. (See Associated File)

15. Open the email application, compose a message, and paste the URL in the message. Refer students to the How To Paste a URL into an Email Application document. (See Associated File)

16. In the email application, click “Send” to send the document.


NOTE: The only reference material the student uses is the Internet.

Use the criteria presented below to formatively assess the students' plans for the following research processes:
Each student:
- demonstrates use of reference material by using the Internet to find an article (the article should highlight at least 3 facts about the person) and print a copy of the information,
-demonstrates basic word processing skills by copying the URL of the article and pasting it into an email,
-communicates with the teacher by emailing the URL to the teacher with a short message. (Be sure to click the link and verify the document.)

Note: Circulate and formatively assess students as they use the technology tools. Provide assistance for students who are experiencing difficulty and monitor accordingly.


This lesson can be modified by allowing the students to email each other additional links and information about the researched person.

Web Links

Online magazine

Online newspaper
USA Today

Online newspaper
New York Times

Online magazine
Business Week

Online magazine

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