Famous and Important American Women in History - Biography Task Cards

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These short biographies showcase 100 famous and important American women who were pioneers in their field or achieved something notable. Included are 15 ways to use these task cards to help your students develop their writing, speaking and listening skills. Activities such as writing various types of paragraphs, categorizing the task cards, giving presentations, creating posters, doing research, doing map and timeline activities, practicing note-taking, and playing games are all described. The versatility of these task cards makes them ideal not just for Women’s History Month but also for any time of the year. You can find a list in the Preview of all the women profiled in this resource.

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* It's also available in a larger money-saving bundle with 2 more resources, Famous & Important American Women Biography Task Cards and African-American Biography Task Cards, which is available HERE.

Resource at a Glance:

What will students learn and do?

* General facts about the lives of 100 influential American women born in the 16th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

* Use facts and phrases to write short biographies.

Who is it for?

All students, including English Language Learners.

How does it help teachers?

* Students learn about famous and not-so-famous American women and impacted United States history in some way.

* Students practice writing, grammar, punctuation, and capitalization skills by turning the information on task cards into complete sentences and paragraphs.

* 5 model biography paragraphs about 2 women are presented to help students at different levels of writing proficiency develop their writing skills.

* Suggestions for other activities are provided to supplement students’ learning; a rubric is included for your convenience so you can quickly evaluate your students’ work.

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What you get in this product:

★ A table of contents for easy reference (1 page)

★ A Notes to the Teacher section with explanatory information (1 page)

★ A list of the ELA Common Core standards addressed (1 page)

★ 4 sample WIDA Model Performance Indicators (1 page)

★ A list of women categorized by groups (i.e. African-American, Asian-American, Latina/Hispanic, Native American, Lesbian/Bisexual) (1 page)

★ 15 ideas for using the task cards (1 page)

★ Student materials for the 2 activities (2 pages)

★ An evaluation rubric for writing tasks (1 page)

★ Model task card biographies for 2 people, with sentence starters & 2 example paragraphs at different levels of writing complexity (4 pages)

★ 100 biographies of important or famous women, 4 per page (25 pages)

More Info:

Each task card presents basic biographical information plus some interesting facts about 1 American woman. The women included in this resource live(d) throughout the United States and were born between the 16th and 20th centuries. Many of the 100 women showcased in this resource were the first in their field to accomplish something and your students will be inspired by the accomplishments of these female suffragists, scientists, teachers, astronomers, politicians, nurses, actresses, novelists, abolitionists, athletes, singers, dancers, writers, astronauts, poets, journalists, diplomats, social reformers, judges, anthropologists, service workers, and First Ladies that are highlighted on the task cards. Even a spy and a saint are included!

Simple directions for doing the following types of activities are included:

* Writing various types of paragraphs

* Categorizing the task cards

* Giving presentations

* Creating posters

* Doing research

* Doing map and timeline activities

* Practicing note-taking

* Playing question-and-answer games

The biographical profiles on the task cards are not presented in complete sentences because one of the activities is for students to write paragraphs about the women. By transforming the keywords and fragments into complete sentences, and including a topic sentence and a closing, your students can practice writing good paragraphs and learn about these American women’s accomplishments at the same time. You can use these task cards to do other types of writing activities, too. An assessment rubric is included so you can easily evaluate your students' writing.

Please look at Page 3 of the Preview to see a list of the 100 American women included in this resource.

To use the task cards, you can print them out and then cut them on the dotted lines. You can laminate them so they last longer. Some of the suggested activities can take up an entire class period and some can be done in shorter amounts of time. Depending on the activity, you can have your students work on their own, in pairs or small groups, or as the whole class. Some activities can be used in writing centers, too.

This resource is appropriate for ELLs at an intermediate level of language proficiency (such as WIDA Levels 3 and up). If you work in a WIDA Consortium state, 4 sample Model Performance Indicators are included. ELLs at a lower level of language proficiency (such as WIDA Level 2) may be able to do a few of the suggested activities and these are listed in the teacher notes. If you work in a Common Core state, a list of ELA standards this resource helps address is included as well.

You can use this resource remotely in 3 ways:

a) When teaching synchronously or asynchronously online, explain the writing task and display the model paragraphs. Display the task cards one at a time and give students time to write a paragraph (10-15 minutes depending on your class); alternatively, you can send the task cards to students and they can select which ones to write about. Have students send you their completed paragraphs and use the rubric to assess them. Review the list of activities and decide which, if any, you want to use; then explain the task to the students.

b) For students to do on their own: Photocopy the model paragraphs and the student pages and send the material home. Tell students how many task cards they should write about and have them send you their completed paragraphs when they’ve completed the assignment. Use the rubric to correct them. Some of the tasks in the list of activities can also be done by students at home.

c) Use Easel by TpT to make the materials interactive.

Some of your students may be familiar with several of the 100 American women profiled in this resource but there are probably many other women whom they have never heard of before. Your students are sure to enjoy using these biography task cards to learn about women throughout United States history!

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