Women’s History Month is a time to learn and celebrate the contributions of women to events in history. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. In the United States, Women’s History Month first started in 1911 as International Women’s Day and was extended as a month-long annual celebration.
President Jimmy Carter said it best, “From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung, and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well. I urge libraries, schools, and community organizations to focus their observances on the leaders who struggled for equality: Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Lucy Stone, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, and Alice Paul. Understanding the true history of our country will help us to comprehend the need for full equality under the law for all our people.“
In honor of all women around the world, our Women’s History Bundle is a perfect classroom companion. Here are the women of character, courage, and commitment that it celebrates:
- Harriet Tubman
- Susan B. Anthony
- Malala Yousafzai
- Clara Barton
- Helen Keller
- Sojourner Truth
Women’s History Month Center Ideas:
1. Read the Passages & Complete the Organizers
Have students read the passages where they will meet six women of courage, character, and commitment and learn about her life story. The reading passages are written in two different formats depending on your level of your students and time you have allotted for this unit. For example, younger students would enjoy reading the passages with the questions and scenes to color. After reading about her, have students answer the questions on the 2-page biography organizers to check for understanding and evaluate their reading.
2. Build a Character Mini-booklet
Biography Mini-booklets are a fun activity where students write three facts, cut, color, and glue to assemble these booklets. After reading about these famous women in history, students write three facts about him or her on the inside of the booklet. Next, cut and sort the five important life events and glue them in the correct order on the inside flap of the booklet. Color the character on the front cover. Last, fold in half to create a mini-booklet. Mini-booklets fit neatly inside notebooks, too!
How-to Create a Character Mini-Booklet
One of the most important traits that all these women have in common is their strength of character. It was this inner strength that led each of them to accomplish impossible goals. For example, Harriet Tubman was incredibly brave when she risked her life time and time again to rescue more and more slaves and lead them to freedom. When Malala Yousafzai didn’t give up on the right for all girls to receive an education despite almost dying, she showed great determination. Have students give examples from the readings to prove their character traits. Then have them take it a step further to compare those traits to themselves or someone they know well.
4. Create a Women of Character Scrapbook
What better way to honor these incredible women than with a Women of Character Scrapbook? Use the reading passages to complete the fill-in the blanks, and Who Am I? and then color the cover. Students can build it page by page to put together their Women of Character Scrapbook.
5. Quiz & Short Response Questions
Each unit in the bundle includes a short quiz and short response questions to evaluate learning. The short response questions can be used as a writing exercise or an end of the unit review.
Please Keep it Short!
If you have limited time to spend on this unit, then I recommend reading the passages and then completing the Women of Character Scrapbook Pages. This will introduce the six famous women and create a fun scrapbook in a quick period. Learning about influential and inspirational women of courage has never been more fun! This BUNDLE has a variety of activities to celebrate and learn about six women of courage, character, and commitment: Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Malala Yousafzai, Clara Barton, and Susan B. Anthony. This BUNDLE has it all!