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Women's History Month

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In all of the blogs I follow and newsletters I get, I'm not seeing much about Women's History Month.How are you celebrating with your students or in your classroom?

    • Women's History Month
      snituama Novice
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      Here's some ideas from EDSITEment and NEH.

      Women’s History http://edsitement.neh.gov/exploring-women's-history


      EDSITEment’s American Heritage Month feature focuses on women’s history  Women’s History Month provides an ideal opportunity for everyone to learn about and connect to the lives, struggles, and achievements of women both ordinary and extraordinary; this year’s theme is “Our History Is Our Strength.” EDSITEment features a host of lessons and resources to celebrate the strength of women who founded our country, fought for equal rights for all citizens regardless of gender, contributed to the American story and influenced world events. Topics include: First Ladies, Women Write Own Script, Struggle for Equality, Women in World War, Women Novelists, and Painters & Artists


      Valuable insights into the influence of American First Ladies are found in EDSITEment lesson Remember the Ladies. The title is taken from correspondence dated March 31, 1776, penned by future First Lady Abigail Adams to her husband, John Adams, who was soon to be appointed a member of the committee drafting the Declaration of Independence:

      In the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I would desire you would Remember the Ladies. … Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. … If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies, we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.

      Also included in this month’s EDSITEment feature is a PBS film episode from the American Experience series, Dolley Madison, funded by NEH, which offers insights into the social and intellectual world she inhabited as one of America’s first and most charismatic First Ladies. Dolley imbued that yet-to-be defined role with a unique American style all her own. Presiding over Madison’s tenure in office and Washington society with characteristic grace and diplomacy, she earned the nickname “Queen Dolley.” In addition to biographical information, the film’s companion website contains historical background, a timeline, and clips from the film along with an interactive photo gallery of First Ladies throughout our 200-year history.


      Celebrate the legacy of a later first lady who shaped American’s course in a pivotal period of our nation’s history, Eleanor Roosevelt. EDSITEment features the lesson Eleanor Roosevelt and the Rise of Social Reformin the 1930s to examine the various roles this powerful First Lady took on, including political activist for civil rights, newspaper columnist, author, and representative to the United Nations. This lesson also features biographies of the other strong women in FDR’s administration including Molly Dewson, Mary McLeod Bethune, Lorena Hickok, and Frances Perkins.

    • Re: Women's History Month
      snituama Novice
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      For our youngest students interested in learning about womens' and childrens' experience on the American frontier,  we have the following lessons to complement the resources on Little House noted in the previous reply:


      Reading, Writing and 'Rithmetic in the One-Room Schoolhouse

      For young children, the experience of attending school strengthens their growing sense of independence and their relationship with the world beyond their family. This lesson focuses on this universal experience, using original photographs to give students a vivid impression of how American children received an education a hundred years ago. They learn about a one-room schoolhouse, seeing how children learned, played and traveled to school. This lesson encourages students to explore the similarities and differences of being a student in a one-room schoolhouse versus attending their own well-equipped, modern school.




      At home in our house and a sod at that! ... It is not quite so convenient as a nice frame, but I would as soon live in it as the cabins I have lived in... It looks real well.

      — Mattie Oblinger, May 19, 1873, from American Memory

      Mattie Oblinger's letter from the Nebraska frontier conveys the pride American settlers felt for the sod houses that became an emblem of their pioneer spirit. In this lesson, students examine photographs of sod houses, build a model sod house, and picture themselves living in a "soddie" to gain a firsthand perspective on this important period of American history.

  • Re: Women's History Month
    Lynne Hoffman Apprentice
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    Have you seen these Thinkfinity resources that are being featured for Women in History Month?  Also there are several other discussions going on in the Community concerning Women in History month. 


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    How will you celebrate Women’s History Month in the classroom?

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    Some of these discussions may give you good ideas for classroom lessons.


    Lynne Hoffman

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