During their study of the Women’s Rights Movement in Social Studies, Grade 5 students learned about key individuals and events in the women’s suffrage movement. To introduce the unit, students read picture books that highlight the achievements of various suffragists including Amelia Bloomer, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Esther Morris, and more. They also read a biography of Susan B. Anthony to learn about biographies as a genre.
During this unit, each student selects a female trailblazer of their own to research. They use visits to the library as well as a variety of teacher-curated nonfiction texts to gather information about their trailblazer. Students develop research skills and learn how to take notes to write a culminating multi-paragraph research paper.
Using articles featuring pioneering women such as Malala Yousafzai, Bessie Coleman, and Billie Jean King students learn how to rewrite information in their own words and in a more concise way. For their research paper, the girls also practice organizing information in chronological order to create a timeline.
To show off their new-found knowledge, each student creates questions on their chosen topic for a Trailblazer Trivia presentation that they host during a Daisy Sing & Share community gathering. They also design a quarter featuring their trailblazer inspired by the U.S. Mint’s 2022 release of quarters featuring accomplished American women.