Nineteenth Century Reform Movements: Women's Rights

It's hard to imagine a world where women were marginalized from the seats of power. Yet, there are women today who remember what it was like to not be allowed to vote. Using a DBQ of images and other primary sources, such as political ads, pupils evaluate the struggle for suffrage. Afterward, they propose their own amendments to the Constitution to protect women's rights.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Offer as a capstone for a unit on suffrage
  • Use DBQ as practice for standardized assessment tests
Classroom Considerations
  • Debate over women's rights included as a warm-up activity may require a sensitive approach
  • DBQ includes stimulating images related to suffrage
  • Main activity includes scaffolded questions worksheet
  • Does not include all referenced materials