Sojourner Truth Ain't I a Woman Primary Source Activity

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Students of History
Grade Levels
7th - 10th
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This activity on Sojourner Truth's famous "Ain't I a Woman?" speech is excellent for introducing your students to primary source analysis! It includes both printable and Google Docs versions of the activity in this one download!

Included in the download are 2 versions of Sojourner Truth's speech:the most widely printed version and an earlier account from an Abolitionist newspaper. Both versions of the speech are very short, compelling, and easy for students to understand. I often have volunteers read them in front of the class to best demonstrate their power to the class.

Following the 2 versions of her speech is a worksheet with open-ended analysis questions designed to get your students thinking critically about Truth's words and the differences between the two accounts.

I love this resource because it is an primary source that is engrossing and in language students can comprehend. It's a great way to get them into more primary sources.

The printable PDF worksheet includes a link to access the Google Docs version which can be used if you're in a paperless classroom or just want to make it an online activity!

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4 pages
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Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).


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