This multimedia lesson plan features women heroes as a launchpad for discussing women's history and women's rights. A discussion guide and learning outcomes are provided. Students are invited to share their own stories, artwork, and short films about their woman heroes.
UNLADYLIKE2020 SERIES: Recommended for sixth grade and older students.
UNLADYLIKE2020’s innovative digital content is an exciting way to engage middle and high school classrooms in U.S. history and women’s history. Lesson plans aligned with state and national standards for grades 6-12 are published on PBS LearningMedia, public television’s educational platform.
The following program of short films celebrate women trailblazers and show the kinds of obstacles these women faced, as well as common threads between their stories. Celebrate the empowerment of women across many cultures!
At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.
This short documentary is a window into the Women's Suffrage Movement through the sacrifice of an American Amazon who will inspire today’s woman as much as she did 100 years ago.
This documentary is focused on Rosie Parks' 40 years of community service in the city of Detroit.
Filmmaker Gabrielle Gorman's poetic filmmaking confronts issues like identity, racism, and self-love. Her goal is to make art for social change.
Angelina Pendleton-Mendez interviews Maria Mendez, her paternal grandmother about her family and their journey.
Dr. Anne Poelina speaks out about the social, human, cultural and environmental values that has built the community spirit of Broome.
Congratulations to Yasmine Sherif, the Director of Education Cannot Wait and the winner of the 2020 Global Educator Award.
A life dedicated to philanthropy, activism and mentorship, Eva Haller makes a positive impact around the world.
Stories of remarkable women shattering cultural roadblocks and gendered assumptions.
A brief look at the journey towards Equity for Women and the Women's Suffragette Movement directed and narrated by MY HERO intern Kitty Richardson.
Stories About Pioneers in Women's Rights from Around the World
Hero Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman in the United States to receive a degree as a doctor, and started a women's medical college for women.
Michelle Obama has recently made history as the first African American to become the First Lady of the United States.
Harriet Tubman was a slave known for creating the "Underground Railroad" network, leading 300 slaves, including herself, to freedom.
Elizebeth Friedman is known as "America's first female cryptanalyist" for her work deciphering codes between Nazi forces during WWII.
Yasmine Sherif is the Director of Education Cannot Wait and the winner of the 2020 MY HERO Global Educator Award.
Pashtana Durrani is determined to continue providing educational opportunities for women and girls in Afghanastan, even if she has to resist the Taliban and go underground.
Afghan filmmaker Sahraa Karimi speaks out about the future of Afghan cinema and the rights of girls and women as the Taliban takes over the country in August 2021.
The following stories are available in text with audio so students can listen and read along. Great for ESL/ELL students.
Height was a civil rights/women's rights activist and an ally to the LGBTQ+ community.
Her story was hidden for decades: Katherine Johnson plotted multiple flight courses for NASA, including the Apollo 11 spacecraft, the first spaceship to reach the moon.
Dorothy Vaughan was the first African American woman to supervise the West Area Computers, "human computers" at NASA (originally NACA) during the Space Race.
1. What kinds of obstacles have each of these women faced and how did they overcome them?
2. What consistent threads do you see in each of their stories? What characteristics did these women share?
3. How has the fight for women's rights changed over the years? What still needs to be done?
4. Who do you know working for women's rights in your family or community? Share her or his story with MY HERO.
5. What kind of changes are you motivated to fight for?
After watching these films and and reading the stories, students will have a deeper understanding of prominent figures in the fight for women's rights around the world and how their lives today have been impacted by these individuals. With hope, participants will also feel empowered to fight for justice in their own lives.
Stories Written by Younger Writers to use as examples for Elementary Students with the following writing activity.
"Sally Ride is considered a hero because she has done amazing things, like when she went on the STS-7 mission in 1983."
Hero Writing Activity
1. Share the stories about Sally Ride, Roberta Lynn Bondar, and Susan B. Anthony with students, giving them time to read each of them.
2. Discuss how the student authors used a subject - adjective web to organize the heroic characteristics they included in their story.
3. Students choose their hero and create a subject web using 6-8 adjectives that describe why this person is their hero.
4. Using the subject web, students write a story their hero.
5. Students are invited to submit their story to MY HERO using the Create Program.
Students analyze the art below. Notice the colors and brushstrokes that Marilyn Huerta uses to depict Bessie Coleman, as well as the text Robert Shetterly uses in the background of his portraits. In the photograph of Inez Milholland Boissevain, what message is the photographer trying to tell.
Students are encouraged to research in order to learn more about these women heroes.
Background Information about the International Women's Day and Women's History Month
Students can share their Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program
Outstanding essays submitted to MY HERO will be considered for a certificate/t-shirt prize or be featured on the Story Homepage.
Students can submit their films for free with a waiver to the MY HERO International Film Festival.
The Women's History lesson plan was created by MY HERO Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer.
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Organizer created on 3/5/2019 3:30:34 PM by Xenia Shin
Last edited 2/17/2022 3:34:44 PM by Laura Nietzer