Walk Her Way Along a Women's History Trail

  Big Picture
Researching their historic Boston neighborhood, students create a Charlestown Women’s Heritage Trail to commemorate twelve local women. They share their findings with the community and other schools by conducting tours and distributing information on women ignored by history.

Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Technology
Grades 1-5

Students read about famous people and discuss qualifications for fame. A neighborhood tour leads to speculation about local buildings and their former inhabitants, especially women. Research takes over as participants visit historical societies and study photographs, census forms, and maps. They examine old newspapers and interview neighbors about women contributors. Tracing patterns of community change, students determine how text books often overlook women’s role. As they gather information, students: Develop background files on notable women. Lobby for candidates. Vote for twelve trail finalists. Using word processing and image scanning skills, these trail blazers publish a coloring book for youngsters and a handsome brochure on women’s contributions for the community.
Maria D'Itria

Teacher Profile

Maria teaches fifth grade at Harvard/Kent Elementary School where she is BPS Lead Teacher as well as Math and Science Standards Facilitator. A Golden Apple winner, Maria spends summers touring Southeast Asia and Japan with the Consortium for Teaching Asia and the Pacific in the Schools and Boston Children’s Museum’s study/travel program.


Books and Materials

Cobblestones Magazine, "One Hundred Amazing Americans" by Jerome Angel; Primary Source Documents; Biographies of Twenty Notable Women, and Four Centuries of Boston Women Guide Book, Boston Women’s Heritage Trail

Technology Tools

Computers, digital camera, scanner, ClarisWorks, PrintShop, Super Print, KidPix Studio, Internet


Special #1
What Is Fame?

Special #2

Getting to Know You

Special #3

Growing Files for Women's History

Special #4

An Extraodinary Woman

Special #5

The Walk


When children collaborate on a neighborhood women’s heritage trail, they learn to identify and respect women’s lasting contributions. Combining primary source research strategies with technology enables students to improve social studies and writing skills.