Ida B. Wells Life Study

Grade Levels
4th - 9th, Homeschool
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20 pages
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Teach your students about an ordinary figure who did extraordinary things to make America a better place.

Ida B. Wells was an advocate for woman's suffrage, an activist for anti-lynching and an investigative journalist. This unit study covers all three aspects of her efforts in an in-depth study that goes beyond the surface level.

Here’s a summary of what’s included in the unit:

  • Five lessons that can be done individually or as a unit
  • Extended activities
  • A biography of Ida Bell Wells-Barnett
  • Poster of Ida Bell Wells-Barnett

You'll find a recording of the biography, reading quizzes and answer keys and much more.

Here are the goals of the unit:

By examining the legacy of Ida Bell Wells-Barnett, students will

  • Identify  Wells-Barnett as a key figure in judicial, political and social justice history
  • Understand how writing can be used to create social justice and change
  • Recognize the unfairness and injustice related to Black Americans on a systemic level
  • Recognize how power and privilege influenced  Wells-Barnett and those in her lifetime
  • Analyze the harmful impact of lynching, an unjust practice
  • Decenter whiteness in the Women’s Suffrage Movement

This resource also lends itself into easy sub plans.

Total Pages
20 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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