In the context of our current society and the quest for equal rights, students will be intrigued by the following lesson on the progression of women’s rights throughout United States history. Some students may be unaware that women did not gain the right to vote until 1920 or that women could not own property until the mid-1800s. Included in the lesson is a list of grievances from the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 which paints a grim picture of home women were treated during the years following the Revolutionary War. The following lesson plan has been aligned for both elementary age and high school age students. Two separate lessons featuring similar primary source documents and activities provide educators from either level with a two-day inquiry-based lesson. Included in both lessons are standards, objectives, pre, formative, and summative assessments, and an extensive list of primary and secondary source documents for display and consideration.
Emerging America brings this lesson to you thanks to the outstanding primary sources and materials provided by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Aligned to the Common Core and National History Standards.