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This lesson plan provides teachers with a creative way to teach what can be a dry topic. The Seneca Falls Convention is made much more fun by having students act out this important event.
Leader of the Convention
Wendell Phillips - Abolitionist at the World Anti-Slavery Convention
Frederick Douglass - African American abolitionist who attended the Seneca Falls Convention
Elizabeth Cady Stanton - Leader of the Seneca Falls Convention
Henry Stanton - Husband of Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Lucretia Mott - Leader of the Seneca Falls Convention
James Mott - Husband of Lucretia Mott
Mary Ann McClintock - Attendee of the Seneca Falls Convention
Richard Hunt - Quaker Abolitionist
Jane Hunt - Quaker Abolitionist
Sojourner Truth - African American abolitionist
Susan B. Anthony - Women’s rights activist
Matilda Joslyn Gage - Women’s rights activist
All of the people at the Convention - the whole class
The play is based on the basic facts of the case, although I only relied on some dialogue. I've added in some fun little jokes that I know your students will enjoy (as I've been teaching these grades for a long time, I know what students will find funny). My students and I had bunches of fun acting this out in class.
This lesson plan is linked with the NYS Social Studies standards, however, I'm sure you could add your own. It includes a 1-page lesson plan, a 4-page script, and a short exit ticket to check for understanding.
Included in this resource:
- A Word Version (editable)
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- A Google Doc Version (provided on the front page by a link to make your own copy for editing)
Check out my other lessons from this era:
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