Seventh graders explore the role of women. They contrast their empowerment from Confederation until 1920. They compare that to the role and empowerment of women in today's society through their own experiences, media, and music.
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Anne Frank: Facing Hatred, Daring to Dream
The stories of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White illustrate the power of children to make a difference. The three lesson in this must-have resource are designed to inspire young people to make a difference in their world....
6th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution
Robert Coles’ The Story of Ruby Bridges forms the basis of this powerful cross-curricular study of civic education and civic responsibility. Class members consider how the book presents authority, responsibility, justice, and privacy.....
3rd - 8th English Language Arts
The Rights of Women in the United States
Kids research gender roles as depicted in textbooks, fairy tales, magazine articles, ads, and films to identify stereotypes presented in the media. They then consider how these stereotypes might influence and limit kids.
3rd - 7th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
“Halsted Street Car”
Carl Sandburg's brief poem, "Halsted Street Car" suggests a world full of pain, of tired wishes, and of empty dreams. Readers use the provided questions to open a discussion of the effects of the working conditions in the early 1900s on...
7th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Who Were the Vestal Virgins, and What Was Their Job?
Keeping the flame lit for the goddess Vesta was the primary job of the Vestal Virgins — but it also put their very lives in danger. An informative video takes viewers through the journey of Licinia, a young girl chosen to be a Vestal...
5 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Power of Images in Shaping Ideas
Students examine the role of photography in telling and shaping history. They view online photos that Life magazine has identified as changing the world, then conduct research on one of the photos. Students create and present an oral...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Wilma Unlimited: Ambition and Goal Setting
Students listen as the teacher reads a book about an Olympic Gold Medal runner who made her big dream come true despite her hardships with polio. In this Wilma Rudolph lesson, students think about and discuss what big dreams are and see...
4th - 8th English Language Arts
Want to be an Activist? Start with Your Toys
Who says you have to be famous to have your voice heard? A well-spoken 14-year-old tells her story of activism, and how it had a ripple effect that ended with toy company Hasbro inventing a whole new line of gender-neutral cooking...
5 mins 5th - 12th Social Studies & History