Lesson 3: What Makes Attitudes Towards Education Change over Time?

This Lesson 3: What Makes Attitudes Towards Education Change over Time? lesson plan also includes:

The struggle for women's rights is not unique to this generation, or even to the 20th century. Class members explore the conflicting opinions of Alexander Graham Bell and his wife, Mabel Hubbard Bell, regarding women's pursuits of higher education in 19th century America before debating the topic themselves.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Project the images on the board at the beginning of class for learners to examine with their observation forms, then transition to the letter analysis 
  • Encourage learners to examine the artifacts on their own at home, using the attached video links to see all angles of the educational materials
Classroom Considerations

  • Be sure that your class can debate the topic of women's rights and higher education in a mature and respectful way
  • Reading level of the letters may be above the assigned grade level of the lesson; consider using in high school
  • The final lesson in a unit of three, all of which are organized in the attached teacher reference guide
Pros

  • Gets to the heart of the historical movement for women's rights
  • Encourages learners to come to their own conclusions based on research, primary source analysis, and prior knowledge
  • A great study of tone as part of a written argument
Cons

  • None