Progressive Era Lesson Plan

The women working for equal rights in the early 20th century weren't a part of one large group; rather, they were members of dozens of small groups focused on social reform. Explore the ways groups in the Progressive Era like National Woman's Party, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Women's Trade Union League, and many more influenced the ways future generations of women would experience American society.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Include in a unit during Women's History Month or when focusing on the Progressive Era in US History
  • Assign the slideshow for viewing at home before the lesson begins, or use a day in the computer lab for groups to view the exhibit collaboratively
  • Have groups create fictional clubs, or take the extra step and allow them to form actual reform clubs on campus
Classroom Considerations

  • Schedule for four days, but timing is adaptable based on the needs of your curriculum and students
  • Be prepared for a discussion of potentially controversial current issues as learners design their reform clubs
  • Review your school's policy on creating and advertising student clubs

  • Lesson differentiates between middle and high school learners, offering different instructions for each
  • Provides online resources for additional research
  • Connected to both NCTE and NCSS standards
  • Includes an answer key for teacher reference

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