This multimedia lesson plan features women heroes as a launch pad for discussing women's history and women's rights. Discussion guide and learning outcomes.
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!
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.
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.
First Lady Abigail Adams effectively led the country while President John Adams was an envoy in France, through detailed letters between the two and her own business savvy.
Elizebeth Friedman is known as "America's first female cryptanalyist" for her work deciphering codes between Nazi forces during WWII.
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.
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 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 Roberta Lynn Bondar and Susan B. Anthony with students, giving them time to read each of them.
2. Discuss how both students 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 encouraged 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
The Women's History lesson plan was created by MY HERO Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer.
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.
Related MY HERO Multimedia Resource Links
Learn about a New Hero Every Day of the Year: Use the MY HERO Calendar in the Classroom
Organizer created on 3/5/2019 3:30:34 PM by Xenia Shin
Last edited 3/3/2021 12:35:37 PM by Laura Nietzer