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Challenging the Status Quo: Women in the World War I Military

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Why are some so resistant to change? The status quo is often to blame for a lack of forward movement in society. Following the events of World War I, women in America suddenly had a voice—and were going to use it. Scholars use the second activity in an eight-part unit to discover the role of women in World War I. They research primary documents from the time period and finalize their thoughts in a written essay. Taking notes in an evidence chart and participating in class discussion helps them further explore how this led to a larger role for women in society.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign groups to research where in the world women currently are struggling for the right to vote; discuss as a class
Classroom Considerations
  • Groups should have mixed genders for the assignment and should be no more than three
  • The printable primary documents should be in the group locations prior to class starting
  • Assumes prior knowledge of 19th Amendment/post World War I America
Pros
  • Primary source documents are available online, or you may print them for classroom use
  • Includes rubric for grading learners' essays
Cons
  • None