The Women’s History Literacy Set is an 86 page set filled with reading and writing activities that work well with 4th - 5th graders. Not only are there 32 Shades of Meaning Vocabulary Task Cards, but there are worksheets that target Close Reading, Main Idea, Citing Evidence, Cause and Effect, Inferences Using Informational Text, Point of View Using Informational Text, Context Clues, and Figurative Language. There is also a poetry activity and a timeline activity for the computer!
This packet will help you integrate social studies and reading in your classroom and will help your students gain lots of new knowledge about important historical figures and events. The beauty of this unit is that besides being very interesting and fun, it is rigorous and provides lots of good practice with reading strategy skills.
This unit is a compilation of hand selected biographies from some of my other favorite literacy units, plus lots of new material.
Specifically it includes:
32 Task Cards with Shades of Meaning Vocabulary Words
Harriet Tubman (Close Reading)
Clara Barton (Close Reading)
Amelia Earhart (Main Idea)
Georgia O’Keeffe (Main Idea)
Malala Yousafzai (Main Idea)
Bessie Coleman (Cause and Effect)
Deborah Sampson (Cause and Effect)
Ruby Bridges (Inferences Using Informational Text)
Pocahontas (Cause and Effect)
Wilma Rudolph (Comprehension Questions)
Grandma Moses (Reading skills Review)
Sarah Edmonds (Reading Skills Review)
Dian Fossey (Main Idea)
Maya Lin (Reasons and Evidence)
Sojourner Truth (Inferences Using Informational Text)
Women’s Suffrage (Point of View)
Make a Timeline Activity for the Computer
The Important Thing Biography Poem Directions and Examples Page
The Important Thing Biography Poem Research and Writing Pages (with an option of researching one or three notable women)
Context Clues for Women’s History
Figurative Language for Women’s History
I am so excited about this unit because it hits important reading standards while focusing on important women from history. With so many things to teach and time always such an issue in the classroom, it's a great way to combine social studies lessons as well as reading and writing skills. Plus, I think the material will be interesting and motivating for your kids!
The task cards include information about these famous (and not so famous) women:
Sally Ride, Anne Frank, Jane Goodall, Nellie Bly, Molly Pitcher, Margaret Thatcher, Harriet Tubman, Joan of Arc, Helen Keller, Marie Curie, Sacajawea, Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Nellie Taylor Ross, Marian Anderson, Maya Angelou, Rachel Carson, Zora Neale Thurston, Billie Jean King, Sybil Ludington, Sonia Sotomayor, Ella Fitzgerald, Lucille Ball, Juliette Gordon Low, Martha Graham. Sarah Hale, J.K. Rowling, Frida Kahlo, and Mary Walker.
I really like the worksheets included. Besides being an excellent test prep tool, they describe so many important lives and explain the role each one played in history. These are stories that all children should know and can benefit from.
The Make a Timeline Activity is great to help students determine important information about an important woman, while helping them practice computer skills like website navigation, cut and paste and more!
Poetry is always a great way to incorporate writing throughout the year. The Important Thing Biography Poem is a nice culminating activity, if you do a full research report in your classroom, or it can also be used after completing one or more of the biographies from this set. Nice way to reinforce learning.
I hope you really like this literacy set and that it is something that will be meaningful for your students.
Looking for more March materials?
St. Patrick’s Day Task Card Bundle
St. Patrick’s Day Fact or Opinion Task Cards
St. Patrick’s Day Figurative Language
St. Patrick’s Day Informational Text Structures
If you're looking for more reading resources, please check these out:
Main Ideas, Supporting Details and Summary
Text Evidence Using Informational Text: Common Core 4th and 5th Grade
Themes in Literature: Common Core for 4th and 5th Grade
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