Adult Ed

Celebrating Women's History

Overview | Activities

Overview:

History textbooks often fail to reflect the lives of women and their many achievements. In preparation for Women's History Month, this inquiry-based lesson presents students with opportunities to learn about and honor the accomplishments and influence of history's most notable women.

Level: ESL (Grades 6-12)

Subject Matter: Social Studies



Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to:
  • develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills

  • develop research skills

  • demonstrate and develop their oral presentation skills

  • build their knowledge of Women's History


Standards:

Standards: New York State Education Department-Virtual Learning System http://eservices.nysed.gov/vls/eslStandardSelection.do? title=ESL%20Standard%20Selection&standardAreaID=3&gradeBandID= 2300&contentID=3798&skillID=3798

Standard 1- English for information and understanding
  • Students learning English as a second language will use English to acquire, interpret, apply and transmit information for content area learning and personal use. They will develop and use skills and strategies appropriate to their level of English proficiency to collect data, facts, and ideas; discover relationships, concepts, and generalizations; and use knowledge generated from oral, written, and electronically produced texts.

Standard 4 - English for classroom and social interaction.
  • Students learning English as a second language will use English to interact with others in social and classroom situations. They will develop and use skills and strategies appropriate to their level of English proficiency to communicate effectively with regard to audience, purpose, and setting.



Media components
  • National Women's Hall of Fame
    http://www.greatwomen.org
    This site offers accessible biographical sketches of notable American women and highlights their achievements.

  • National Women's History Museum
    Educational Resources
    http://www.nwhm.org/Education/biographies.html
    This site profiles famous women and their historic contributions.

  • National Women's History Project
    http://www.nwhp.org
    This site includes information and resources about multicultural women's history. In addition, it offers ideas for celebrating Women's History Month and a test on Women's History.



Supplies:
  • Newsprint

  • Markers


Handouts:

Prep for Teachers:
  • Review materials and Web sites.

  • Identify project deadlines.

  • Schedule computer lab time if appropriate.

  • Make copies of handouts for students.