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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about Women's History and to plan related projects and classroom activities. Whether you spend one class or an entire unit on Women's History, the ideas included within the  "In the Classroom" portion of reviews will launch discussions and meaningful projects for student-centered learning.

 

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Women's Suffrage Time Line - Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress created this "just the facts" timeline to introduce the people and events of the American suffrage movement. There are links to archival images of many of ...more
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The Library of Congress created this "just the facts" timeline to introduce the people and events of the American suffrage movement. There are links to archival images of many of the personalities. Great for sorting out who did what, and when.

tag(s): women (101), womens suffrage (26)

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Separate students into partners, and have the kids select what the think are the 5 most important events in the history of women's suffrage. For added interest, you could have the students illustrate the events that they selected.

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The Seneca Falls Convention - Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress offers this collection of newspaper clippings and other information about the famous 1848 women's rights convention. ...more
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The Library of Congress offers this collection of newspaper clippings and other information about the famous 1848 women's rights convention.

tag(s): women (101)

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Introduce the copy of the Seneca Falls Declaration to students via projector before covering the topic deeper with the newspaper clippings hosted on the site. Assign cooperative learning groups a newspaper article, making sure that every group has a different article. Have students analyze their articles, preferably with the help of a guided worksheet. (For help making graphic organizers, try Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).) After students are done, have them present each of their articles, focusing on bias and perspective as well as facts covered in the story. This is a great way to teach students how to analyze and summarize as well as indirectly cover the important content. American History teachers will appreciate this one!

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Railway Women in Wartime

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This is a fascinating archival photo collection describing how important women were to the railroads during World War I and World War II. The site includes some British and European...more
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This is a fascinating archival photo collection describing how important women were to the railroads during World War I and World War II. The site includes some British and European content as well.

tag(s): railroads (10), women (101)

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Use this site to challenge students to apply their knowledge of WWI and WWII knowledge in combination with their creative writing skills. Assign students to cooperative learning groups and have them select an image from the site. Students will narrate the image as a story, using their knowledge of the war in combination with their imaginations. Have students explain who this women is, what is she doing, why is she important, and how the war has affected her. Her personal profile may be made up, but the information concerning the war should be all factual. Have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture.

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Quilts and Quiltmaking in America - Library of Congress

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Used for more than warmth, quilts frequently told stories and histories. This Library of Congress site explains how and shows examples. ...more
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Used for more than warmth, quilts frequently told stories and histories. This Library of Congress site explains how and shows examples.

tag(s): crafts (41), women (101)

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This site is a great way to show that not all historical sources have to be text. In fact they can include art, oral communication, stories, and even quilts as we see in this site. Show some of the quilts on the projector and have students hypothesize what they're about or what they are trying to portray. Would be a great quick activity to get students thinking outside of the box in concern to sources.

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Places where women made history. - National Park Service

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The National Park Service created this cybertour of locations in New York and Massachusetts that were important in the women's literary, rights, and suffrage movements. The presentation...more
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The National Park Service created this cybertour of locations in New York and Massachusetts that were important in the women's literary, rights, and suffrage movements. The presentation is dated, but useful for showing where people lived and events happened.

tag(s): women (101)

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Use the maps and timelines on this site over the interactive whiteboard and projector to guide students through a class lecture or discussion of the Seneca Falls Convention. The images are a little dated, but do a great job of putting the convention in perspective with other event locations. This would be useful in a US history classroom.

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Honor Roll of Notable Women

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The site offers a small collection of links dealing with women's history and famous women. ...more
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The site offers a small collection of links dealing with women's history and famous women.

tag(s): women (101)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have each group select one of the notable women, making sure that they fully study and research her biography. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of their selected person, narrating it as though it were a news report commemorating her life. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).

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National Museum of Women in the Arts - Smithsonian Institution

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Home to a collection of on-line exhibits and other information on women artists. ...more
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Home to a collection of on-line exhibits and other information on women artists.

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History of Women's Suffrage - University of Rochester

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Overview of the Suffrage movement from the mid 1800s forward. From the University of Rochester. ...more
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Overview of the Suffrage movement from the mid 1800s forward. From the University of Rochester.

tag(s): biographies (87), women (101), womens suffrage (26)

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Use the biographies on this site of influential suffragists to help students understand that the process was about more than the few mentioned in textbooks, it was really a large movement. Introduce the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector before allowing students to explore on their own. Have students work on classroom computers to research some of the other suffragists, with the intentions of creating a paper-poster or a digital one to print and hang around the classroom. If using an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here).

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Duke University's Collection on Women in the Civil War - Duke University

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Includes original source documents, scanned images, and transcriptions from women in the Civil war era detailing their lives and times. This site would be of interest to students studying...more
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Includes original source documents, scanned images, and transcriptions from women in the Civil war era detailing their lives and times. This site would be of interest to students studying the history of Women as well as US History.

tag(s): women (101)

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of the Civil War. Examine the journals and diaries online as a way to prompt an activity where students will write their own "authentic" diary entry. Pick an event in the unit you are studying and have students write a journal entry as though they just participated in the event. The activity will get them thinking about what kinds of information we can find in journals and diaries and what it might have been like to experience the events in person.

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Duke University's Collection on African-American Women - Duke University

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This site includes original source documents, scanned images, and transcriptions from African-American women detailing their lives and times. This site would be of interest to students...more
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This site includes original source documents, scanned images, and transcriptions from African-American women detailing their lives and times. This site would be of interest to students studying the history of women as well as US History.

tag(s): african american (113), women (101)

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Use these letters to shed more light on what slave-life was like in the Antebellum south. Print out some of the letters and distribute them to students while they are in cooperative learning groups. Have each group analyze the letters and report back to the class what they were able to learn about the slave authors. Use this to steer students into a discussion to the differences between chattel slavery and that seen in the Caribbeans. This can cover topics of the economic impact of slavery and some of the restrictions that existed, such as literacy laws and the significance of finding slave letters to begin with. A very interesting collection!

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Distinguished Women

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This site contains a listing of women (American and otherwise) who are famous in their particular fields. It includes biographies of some of the women listed. This site could be ...more
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This site contains a listing of women (American and otherwise) who are famous in their particular fields. It includes biographies of some of the women listed. This site could be used to aid in researching famous women of the past. Text-heavy and a little dated, the content is there nonetheless. Privately published.

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Use the reading list published on this site to search for new reading materials for your classroom during Women's history month, or for an addition of women's history into your every day curriculum. The reading list however would be great for book talks or papers!

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Women in Biology

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Here's a "labor-of-love" site designed for women scientists. It offers some interesting demographic information on women in science, as well as "from the trenches" commentary on some...more
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Here's a "labor-of-love" site designed for women scientists. It offers some interesting demographic information on women in science, as well as "from the trenches" commentary on some of the issues confronting talented women trying to build careers.

tag(s): scientists (69), women (101)

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American Women in Uniform

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Here's a site - with an attitude - about women in the military. There's plenty of information on the roles of women from the 18th century to the present, with ...more
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Here's a site - with an attitude - about women in the military. There's plenty of information on the roles of women from the 18th century to the present, with an emphasis on the extent of women's accomplishments. Nice source for some information that's hard to find elsewhere.

tag(s): air (163), navy (9), women (101)

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Although the current events may be a few years behind, the facts that this site has on women of earlier wars is really interesting quality information. Incorporate this information into a women's history month special, or simply into your every day curriculum. Especially interesting is the information offered about the Revolutionary and Civil War - students will be interested to hear about these important characters who are typically ignored in their textbooks.

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African American Women Writers - New York Public Library

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This site from the New York Public Libarary lets users access texts of writings by 19th century African American women. The titles and topics vary, but the site offers an ...more
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This site from the New York Public Libarary lets users access texts of writings by 19th century African American women. The titles and topics vary, but the site offers an interesting exposure to primary sources that might not otherwise be available.

tag(s): african american (113), women (101), writing (359)

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A Time Remembered - University of Rochester

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Treasured moments from the 1850s are relived in the archived collection of Godey's Lady's Book, the periodical that many scholars say changed the role of the American woman. Each book...more
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Treasured moments from the 1850s are relived in the archived collection of Godey's Lady's Book, the periodical that many scholars say changed the role of the American woman. Each book is full of poetry, sketches and articles by well-known authors of the time. From the University of Rochester.

tag(s): women (101), womens suffrage (26)

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One interesting feature of these books are the articles considering etiquette. During a unit on suffrage or the Women's rights movement, pass out this article or have it projected on to the board as students are coming in to your classroom. Direct students to immediately read the article and respond in some way, whether or be verbal or written in some sort of journal. This is a great comparison to make to the expectations of the suffragettes, and the rules that most in society thought were appropriate. An interesting point would be if someone said this today - are they still right? Why or why not? What things have changed that makes this statement inapplicable now? A great way to connect past and present while getting students connected to the content!

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Camping with the Sioux - Smithsonian Institution

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This simple, elegant site from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History offers the diary of Alice Cunningham Fletcher, a 41-year-old American woman who spent an Autumn living and learning...more
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This simple, elegant site from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History offers the diary of Alice Cunningham Fletcher, a 41-year-old American woman who spent an Autumn living and learning from the Sioux. The site includes her diary, with comments from her contemporaries, as well as numerous photos of the people and territory she was exploring. The site has interesting possibilities for the study of Native Americans, the roles of women in the 19th century, and the use of primary sources in history and research. There is also an extensive bibliography.

tag(s): native americans (78)

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If you have time to do the adapting, there are lots of possibilities in this one.

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Maya Angelou

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This site is part of the University of Minnesota's Voices from the Gaps project detailing the lives and accomplishments of women of color. It includes biographical and literary information...more
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This site is part of the University of Minnesota's Voices from the Gaps project detailing the lives and accomplishments of women of color. It includes biographical and literary information on the author and the relationship between her life and her writing.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), women (101)

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Although vague, there are some great classroom ideas on incorporating this site and its' basic concepts into a literature classroom. This would be a great resource for a literature teacher working on expanding upon the variety of authors read in their classroom.

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They Lived in Music - Blues Women Sing Their Song - Yale University

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Use performance of a theatrical production to teach students about the history of the blues. ...more
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Use performance of a theatrical production to teach students about the history of the blues.

tag(s): blues (21)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities! This would be a great addition to a class learning about the Harlem Renaissance in a US history course.

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It's a Girl Thang

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This privately developed site concentrates on legendary female blues singers and performers. There are dozens of profiles, each with information on the performer's career. This is a...more
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This privately developed site concentrates on legendary female blues singers and performers. There are dozens of profiles, each with information on the performer's career. This is a nice resource for students interested in researching a particular blues singer or performer.

tag(s): blues (21), women (101)

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Ukraine Information and Resources

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This site offers a collection of cultural, government, and economic information and resources about the Ukraine. It includes information on the roles of women, as well as a historical...more
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This site offers a collection of cultural, government, and economic information and resources about the Ukraine. It includes information on the roles of women, as well as a historical chronology of the nation.

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have students compare and contrast the stories they find about the Ukraine and what's predominantly showcased in American newspapers. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here). This would be a great activity during a unit on post-cold war politics, and how the old USSR states have since changed.

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