Research on local figures for a Women's History Trail includes investigations
at local reference depositories. Students add photos, copies of primary
source documents and old newspaper articles to their growing files.
After presenting nominated candidates during a school assembly, they
conduct a final selection campaign.
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Walk Her Way Along a Women's
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Gather information from a variety of sources.
Write well developed paragraphs using pre-writing, drafting, revising,
editing, and publishing.
Take part in classroom discussions.
Study documents and primary sources.
Learn about the democratic process.
Students conduct selection process by preparing biographies of each
candidate and planning a school election. They:
- Visit the local historical society and library and work with
librarians and historians to obtain copies of old documents, articles,
- Inform the local newspaper and community organizations about
the project. Call for additional nominees, anecdotes, and photos.
- Keep up contacts and continue interviews.
- Record progress for oral and written biographies on a
Did I? Sheet.
- Schedule and plan a schoolwide assembly.
Present candidates and explain voting process at assembly. Explain
that final selections should include women from diverse eras, occupations,
Create posters, pamphlets, and written biographies of candidates
for two week Women's History Trail campaign.
Prepare ballots; plan and schedule voting procedures for final
Distribute, collect, and tally ballots on selection day.
Report results to school newspaper, local newspapers, parents,
The community at large contributes to a local Women's History Trail
organized and researched by students.
Students develop insights on how women struggled to enter the professional
world by researching candidates' occupations and hearing guests describe
their own careers.
Materials for letters, stamps, copies of newspaper articles and documents,
photographs, historical maps,
Did I? Sheet , poster materials, ballots
Students update files and write biographies with Claris Works, use
Print Shop for posters and invitations and continue to research women
on the Internet.
Teacher marks oral and written presentations. Students and teacher
evaluate files and products: ballots, letters, flyers, and posters.
Students find information at the National
Women's Hall of Fame
Women's Heritage Trail