Women and The Right to Vote; C. Valentin – Teacher

Women and The Right

Social Studies
littleBits Basics
English Language Arts

motion trigger (1)
buzzer (1)
long led (1)
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cardboard box, colored paper

Students learn about the right to vote and the women’s suffrage movement. Students practice voting using the voting booth they created with littleBits.

Aim: How far have women come in achieving equal rights? Why should we celebrate their accomplishments?

Objective: Students will use a nonfiction text to learn about the lives of women who have struggled and and have overcome challenges to gain recognition for their achievements. They will practice voting by using a teacher created ballot.


– CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
– CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.2 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
– CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.9 Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.
– CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.1.A Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among the claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
– CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.1.E Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from or supports the argument presented.

IFC Skills:

– 2.5 Prior Knowledge and New Understandings
– 10.4 Drawing Conclusions Supported by Evidence
– 5.3 Using Multiple Sources
– 5.7 Using Evidence to Support Opinions
– 1.4 Using Facts to Answer Questions 8.6 Claims, Evidence, and Interpretation Access Skills: Self-Advocacy, Making Choices, Socialization

Vocabulary: suffrage, equality, discrimination, voice, thoughts, struggle

Materials: Teacher created iMovie Trailer, biographies of Important Women in History (teacher will have this already pulled out of shelves), Voting in Elections, by Terri DeGezelle, A Picture Book of Amelia Earhart, by David A. Adler, Discovery Education video on Susan B. Anthony and on investigating the crash of Amelia Earhart Engagement: Did everyone always have the right to vote in the United States? Explain. (Students will be asked to recall their prior knowledge of this as discussed on Election Day). —————————————————–


1. Students will review the history of who got the right to vote in the United States.
2. Ms. Valentin will review the text evidence in Voting in Elections.
3. Students will be able to recite the dates of when African Americans and women received the right to vote.
4. Teacher will explain that women were not always treated the same way as men.
5. Teacher will ask students what their topic of study was last month and to predict what their topic of study would be for this month.
6. Students will be introduced to equal rights activists Susan B. Anthony an Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
7. Teacher will show students trailer of iMovie.
8. Students will view Discovery Education video on Susan B. Anthony.
9. They will practice voting, just like Susan, using a teacher created ballot. Students will vote for their choice of the next President (Clinton or Trump).
10. Students will then be directed to choose a biography about a woman (already displayed and pulled from shelf).
11. Students will engage in their independent writing activity on an individual chosen or on Amelia Earhart (picture choices). —-


Class participation, completion of worksheet, ability to cite text evidence to support opinions.

Follow-Up: Compare and contrast the history of equal rights with African Americans and Women. How was their struggle the same? How was it different? Are both matters fully solved today? Explain.

Extension Activities:

– Struggling: Matching activity on Notable Women in History.
– Proficient: Students will research about important woman listed on biography.com They will find 5 facts and images to go along with their statements in a powerpoint presentation. The student will create an object that is associated with that woman and present their findings and art item to the class.
– Advanced: Students will use the computer to research an important women in their native land or another country. They will present their findings in a trailer using iMovie. Student will list 5 facts about that woman and recite them to the class. Student will explain why that woman has made such an impact on the lives of others.

Duration: Unit

Credits: C. Valentin 721Q