September 5, 2015
My name is Emily, and I am a Junior Girl Scout in the Texas Oklahoma Plains Council. I am completing these worksheets as part of my Girl Scout Bronze Award Project.
I became interested in woman's suffrage when my mother was teaching a unit on the history of woman's suffrage to her gifted and talented students at school. I asked my fifth grade teacher why we couldn't study woman's suffrage in social studies. She told me that there wasn't enough time to study it, and I started thinking of ways to make it easier for teachers to introduce the subject to their students.
I spent the spring and summer examining the suffragists and the work they did to earn voting rights in the United States. I asked my mom to teach me the same unit she taught her students, and she made me do the whole thing - even the homework assignments! I went to her Gifted and Talented Showcase in April, and handed out the students' suffrage newspapers dressed as a turn-of-the-century newspaper girl. I also went to Dallas Heritage Village in August so I could see how the suffragists lived between 1880 and 1920.
I chose six suffragists that I felt students would find inspiring. I then planned worksheets that teachers could use at any time - when students finish their work early or when there is extra time between lessons. I used ReallyColor.com to create coloring sheets out of historical photographs of the women, and I used the puzzle maker at DiscoveryEducation.com to create informative crosswords for them. I also included a word search with eight suffragists' names. Next, my mother and I published them on TeachersPayTeachers.com so that teachers everywhere would have access to them. You will find them here as Woman's Suffrage Worksheets I and Woman's Suffrage Worksheets II.
I hope that teachers will find my worksheets fun and easy to use. I also hope that students all over our country will recognize these remarkable women as the true American heroes that they are.