Women's Rights - The Seneca Falls Convention Skit - Reader's Theater

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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.

Characters Include:


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)
  • A PDF Version (not editable)
  • 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:

Slave Life in the South

The Irish Famine - Seeing Bias Through Imagery

The Women's Rights Movement - A Mini-Play

The Era of Reform Review and Test The Abolitionists - Part 1

The Abolitionists - Part 2

The Abolitionists - Part 3

The Abolitionists Video Guide

Slave Life in the South Before the Civil War - Stations

The Compromises - The Missouri Compromise, the Compromise of 1850 and the Kansas-Nebraska Act

John Brown's Raid at Harper's Ferry - Martyr or Murderer?

Sectionalism and Events Leading to Civil War Review and Test


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6 pages
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Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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