Women's History

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    • Birth of a Rank-and-File Organizer

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 7 pages.
      Writing activity for students to complete the narrative of women workers striking at a glove-making factory, exploring possible outcomes.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Themes: Labor, Organizing, Social Class, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Daughter of Earth: Reading, Writing, and Social Class

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 7 pages.
      Students read a poignant excerpt from Agnes Smedley’s novel, Daughter of Earth, and use it to think and write about how schooling—their own included—teaches lessons about social class.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, 20th Century | Themes: Education, Social Class, Women's History | Reading Levels: High School
    • Exploring Women’s Rights: The 1908 Textile Strike in a 1st-grade Class (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Exploring Women's Rights: The 1908 Textile Strike in a 1st-grade Class

    • Teaching Activity. By Dale Weiss. 3 pages.
      A teacher’s reflections about a curriculum unit on women’s rights contextualizes the history of the feminist movement within the broader struggle of people working for greater equality in the United States.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, 20th Century | Themes: Labor, Organizing, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades Pre-K-2
    • Lawrence, 1912: The Singing Strike

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 18 pages.
      Role play on the 1912 Bread and Roses strike in Lawrence, Mass.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Immigration, Labor, Organizing, Women's History | Reading Levels: High School
    • Promoting Social Imagination Through Interior Monologues (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Promoting Social Imagination Through Interior Monologues

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Linda Christensen. 3 pages.
      Empathy, or “social imagination,” allows students to connect to “the other” with whom, on the surface, they may appear to have little in common.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: Language Arts, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Rethinking the U.S. Constitutional Convention: A Role Play (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Rethinking the U.S. Constitutional Convention: A Role Play

    • Teaching Activity. By Bob Peterson. 14 pages.
      A role play on the Constitutional Convention which brings to life the social forces active during and immediately following the American Revolution with focus on two key topics: suffrage and slavery. An elementary school adaptation of the Constitution Role Play by Bill Bigelow. Roles available in Spanish.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799, 18th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Native American, Slavery, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
    • Salt of the Earth: Grounds Students in Hope

    • Teaching Activity. By S.J. Childs. 6 pages.
      The author describes how she introduces students to the classic 1953 film, Salt of the Earth, about a miners’ strike in New Mexico.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Labor, Latino, Social Class, Women's History | Reading Levels: High School
    • Seneca Falls, 1848: Women Organize for Equality

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 17 pages.
      A role play allows students to examine issues of race and class when exploring both the accomplishments and limitations of the Seneca Falls Convention.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, Women's History | Reading Levels: High School
    • Union Maids (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Union Maids

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 3 pages.
      Activity for students to write from the point of view of one of the women featured in the film Union Maids.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Themes: Art & Music, Labor, Organizing, Social Class, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Unleashing Sorrow and Joy: Writing Poetry from History and Literature (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Unleashing Sorrow and Joy: Writing Poetry from History and Literature

    • Teaching Activity. By Linda Christensen. 10 pages.
      Teacher reflection on different ways to effectively incorporate poetry into history or literature classes.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 20th Century, All US History | Themes: Language Arts, Racism & Racial Identity, Women's History | Reading Levels: High School
    • Unsung Heroes: Encouraging Students to Appreciate Those Who Fought for Social Justice (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Unsung Heroes: Encouraging Students to Appreciate Those Who Fought for Social Justice

    • Teaching Activity. Essay by Howard Zinn and lesson by Bill Bigelow. 17 pages.
      Students research and share stories about unsung heroes in U.S. history.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Organizing, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • The Early Women's Movement

    • Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. 17 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 6 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on the early women’s movement, including their efforts for social, racial, and political equality.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: 19th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Women's History | Reading Levels: High School
    • Speaking Out: Women, War and the Global Economy

    • Teaching Guide. By Jan Haaken, Ariel Ladum, et al. 2005. 193 pages with DVD.
      Interactive lessons on the 1990s civil war in Sierra Leone and broader issues such as cross-cultural awareness, the global trade in diamonds and guns, and the effects of war on women.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Themes: Economics, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • Women, Gays, and Other Voices of Resistance

    • Teaching Activity. By Jack Bareilles. 17 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 19 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on the emergence and legacy of the 1960s counterculture, as well as the movements it helped create.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, LGBT, Women's History | Reading Levels: High School
    • It’s Constitution Day! Time to Teach Obedience or History? (Article) - Teaching about the Constitution requires a critical and nuanced exploration—one that is alert to the race and class issues at the heart of our governing document. | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • It’s Constitution Day! Time to Teach Obedience or History?

    • Article. By Bill Bigelow. 2012. If We Knew Our History Series.
      Teaching about the Constitution requires a critical and nuanced exploration—one that is alert to the race and class issues at the heart of our governing document.

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799, 18th Century | Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Slavery, Social Class, Women's History |
    • The Politics of Children’s Literature: What’s Wrong with the Rosa Parks Myth

    • Article. By Herbert Kohl. 6 pages.
      A critical analysis that challenges the myths in children’s books about Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Education, Women's History | Reading Levels: Adult, Grades 3-5, Grades Pre-K-2
    • The Truth About Helen Keller

    • Article for Teachers and High School Students. By Ruth Shagoury. 6 pages.
      A review of children’s picture books about the life of Helen Keller reveals the omission of any description of her active role in key social movements of the 20th century.

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, 20th Century | Themes: Disability, Education, Women's History | Reading Levels: Adult, Grades 3-5, High School
    • The Women Who Gave Us Christmas

    • Article. By William Loren Katz. 2010.
      The abolitionist influence on the history of Christmas celebrations in the United States.

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: Slavery, Women's History | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Michele Bollinger and Dao Tran. 2012. 215 pages.
      A collection of 101 brief and accessible profiles of rebels, radicals, and fighters for social justice.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: African American, Asian American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Disability, Environment & Food, Immigration, Imperialism, Labor, Language Arts, Latino, LGBT, Media, Native American, Organizing, Pacific Islander, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • 500 Years of Chicana Women's History

    • Books – Non-fiction. By Elizabeth Martinez. 2007. 320 pages, 899 illustrations.
      Stories and photos of Chicana/Mexican-American women in politics, labor, art, health, and more.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Immigration, Latino, Women's History | Reading Levels: High School
    • Ballots for Belva: The True Story of a Woman's Race for the Presidency

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. Illustrated by Courtney E. Martin. 2008. 32 pages.
      Biography of Belva Lockwood who ran for president in 1884.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction, Picture Books | Time Periods: Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, 19th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5
    • Bread & Roses: Mills, Migrants, and the Struggle for the American Dream

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Bruce Watson. 2006. 352 pages.
      The riveting story of one of the most remarkable strikes in U.S. history.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, 20th Century | Themes: Immigration, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, Social Class, Women's History | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • Caribbean Connections: The Dominican Republic

    • Book – Non-fiction and Fiction. Edited by Gallin, Glasser, Santana. 2005. 250 pages.
      Reader-friendly overview of the history, politics and culture of the fourth largest Latino community in the United States.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Immigration, Latino, Sports, US Foreign Policy, Women's History, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Phillip Hoose. 2010. 160 pages.
      The story of Claudette Colvin, a teenager who refused to give up her seat in the year leading up to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, 20th Century | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8
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