Women in History Activities Middle School

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Introduce your middle school students to twelve incredible women in history with these informational texts! Perfect biographical readings for Women's History Month or International Women's Day! Twelve two-page mini-biographies are included for each of the women, along with a comprehension crossword activity. Additional activities and printable graphic organizers are included in this PDF to help students engage with the nonfiction texts! The additional activities can be used with any text!

These activities are great for individual student work, partner activities, jigsaw reading, or group work! These women in history activities also make great sub plans!

BONUS: A special "Informational Text Reading Strategies" Slides Presentation is included! Introduces over 19 Reading Strategies for Before, During, and After Reading AND strategies for students to use when the text doesn't make sense!

Includes biographical texts for each of these 12 influential women in history:

  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Alice Coachman
  • Marie Curie
  • Marie Maynard Daly
  • Mae Jemison
  • Katherine Johnson
  • Cheryl Miller
  • Wilma Rudolph
  • Sacagawea
  • Debi Thomas
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Martha Washington
  • Chien-Shiung

What's Included?

  • 12 Two-page Informational Articles (one for each Woman in History).
  • A Comprehension Crossword Puzzle for each Woman in History.
  • Partner Discussion Guide with Discussion Questions (can be used with any text).
  • Informational Text Mind Map Graphic Organizer (can be used with any text).
  • Finding the Main Idea & Supporting Details Graphic Organizer (can be used with any text).
  • Informational Text Sketch Notes Graphic Organizer (can be used with any text).
  • Sentence Starter Graphic Organizer
  • Biographical Timeline Graphic Organizer
  • Four-part Summary Graphic Organizer
  • Post-Reading Reflection Graphic Organizer
  • Answer Keys.
  • Teacher Guidelines & Instructions.
  • Detailed Lesson Outlines.

ELA Concepts Taught/Reviewed:

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Total Pages
65 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.


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