You are on a committee to create a new national monument dedicated to the history of modern American women. Your committee must decide what four modern American women belong on the monument.
Your committee needs to create at least a one page long historical marker. The first half of the historical marker must explain the major accomplishments and contribution of the four women you chose to America. The 2nd half of the historical marker must explain any theme behind the monument, where the monument will be located and why. Finally, explain what the monument will look like.
Activity name: Contemporary Women in American History
Seminar: Contemporary America
Grade Levels: 5-12
Time needed: 1 to 2 class periods
Computers/internet for research
Blank sheets of paper (optional)
Color pencils/markers (optional)
This activity is designed to teach students about key women in American History from 1921 to the present.
Who were key/significant American women in the 20th and early 21st centuries?
How have women changed and improved the United States overtime?
How did women gain more power in America?
Students will be able to explain the importance of at least four American women in the development of the United States from 1921 to the present
Students will have a basic understanding of key events and political movements in American history
Students will be able to understand how American women gain more political and economic freedoms during the 20th and 21st centuries.
Students will have an understanding of historical markers and why monuments to key Americans are created.
Prior knowledge: This lesson is designed as an introductory or complimentary lesson to a unit on the Seneca Falls Convention, Civil Rights, or Women in American history.
Background information: This lesson plan can compliment any unit on American history during the 20th or 21st centuries.
This lesson plan is in the following collection:
Women in American History Writing Activities
Individual Women’s History Lesson Plans:
Alice Paul and the 19th Amendment PowerPoint
Alice Paul and the 19th Amendment Worksheet
19th Amendment Webquest/Worksheet
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Modern Women in American History Monument Writing Activity
American Women Research Paper
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