Women in America & Around the World BUNDLE: Biography Task Cards with Activities

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These short biographies profile 100 American women and 68 women around the world who were pioneers in their field or achieved something notable. Included in each resource are 15 ways to use these task cards to help your students develop their writing, speaking and listening skills.

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* These 2 products, and 1 more resource of task card biographies of notable African-American men and women, are also available in another money-saving bundle HERE.

Bundle at a Glance:

What will students learn?

* Basic facts about the lives of 68 influential women born between 1720 and 1960 who are not U.S. Americans.

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

* How to use facts and phrases to write a short biography.

Who is it for?

All students, including English Language Learners.

How does it help teachers?

* Students learn about women who lived outside the United States and impacted world history in some way.

* Students learn about American women who had an impact on U.S. history.

* Students develop their skills in writing, grammar and mechanics by turning the information on the task cards into sentences and paragraphs.

* Model biography paragraphs at different levels of complexity are presented to help students develop their writing skills.

* Suggestions for additional activities to supplement your students’ learning are included.

* An included rubric saves you time if you want to assess your students’ work.

What an educator who has used 1 of these resources says about it:

♥ “Great activities to use as a class!” — Michelle M. (about the Women Around the World biographies resource)

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What you get in this bundle:

The Famous and Important American Women: Biography Task Cards with Activity Ideas resource, for Grades 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th includes:

★ 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 social 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 game activities (2 pages)

★ An evaluation rubric for writing tasks (1 page)

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

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

The Women Around the World: Biography Task Cards with Activity Ideas resource, for Grades 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th includes:

★ 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)

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

★ Student materials for the 2 game activities (2 pages)

★ An evaluation rubric for writing tasks (1 page)

★ Model task card biography with 2 example paragraphs at different levels of writing complexity (1 page)

★ 68 biographies of important or famous women, 4 per page (17 pages)

More Info:

Each task card presents basic biographical information plus some interesting facts about one woman. The women included in this bundle lived in ancient times up through the present day. Many of the women showcased in these two resources were the first in their field to accomplish something and your students will be inspired by the achievements of these female scientists, teachers, suffragists, astronomers, politicians, nurses, explorers, actresses, novelists, abolitionists, athletes, singers, dancers, writers, astronauts, poets, rulers, journalists, diplomats, social reformers, judges, anthropologists, service workers, and First Ladies that are highlighted on the task cards. Even a spy, a pirate, and a saint are included!

Simple instructions 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 information on the task cards is not presented in complete sentences because one of the suggested 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 women’s accomplishments at the same time. You can use these task cards to do other types of writing activities, too. An evaluation rubric is included so you can easily assess your students' writing.

The resources in this bundle are appropriate for ELLs at an intermediate level of language proficiency (such as WIDA Levels 3 and up) and 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. In addition, if you work in a Common Core state, a list of ELA standards these resources address is included.

The versatility of these task cards makes them ideal not just for Women’s History Month but also for Language Arts, Social Studies, and even Science classes any time of the year.

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 TpT's Digital Tool to make the materials interactive.

Some of your students may be familiar with several of the 168 people profiled but there are probably many other women included in this bundle whom they have never heard of before. These biographical task cards will help them learn all about women’s history around the world and through the ages!

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If you prefer, you can buy these resources separately:

Famous and Important American Women: Biography Task Cards with Activity Ideas

Important & Famous Women Around the World: Biography Task Cards

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