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Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote for Elementary School

by  National Archives

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Guiding Question: How can people influence the government?

During this program, students will use the records of the National Archives to determine how and why women fought for the right to vote. Students will explore the challenges suffragists faced and discover why the fight for women’s voting rights persisted even after the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

This program is also available for middle school and high school students. 

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Length

45–60 minutes


Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5

Minimum participants:

10

Maximum participants:

There is no maximum


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)
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Booking Information

Programs are available by request Tuesday-Thursday and must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please email distancelearning@nara.gov at least 24 hours in advance about program cancellations. Cancellations due to inclement weather will be rescheduled based on program availability.

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National Archives

Washington, DC
United States

The National Archives is an independent Federal agency that preserves and protects the historically valuable records of the United States
government. The mission of the National Archives is to provide public access to
these Federal Government records. Public access to government records
strengthens democracy by allowing Americans to claim their rights of
citizenship, hold their government accountable, and understand their history so
they can participate more effectively in their government.

The interactive Distance Learning programs of the National
Archives feature primary sources from the Archives' holdings, including historical
documents, photographs, maps, posters, and more!

Contact:
National Archives Distance Learning Team
distancelearning@nara.gov
2023575410

Program Details

Format

1. Introduction to the National Archives

2. Discussion: who decides who votes?

3. Discussion: why did women want the right to vote?

4. Main Activity: group analysis of primary sources that highlight the different ways suffragists fought for the right to vote by using their 1st Amendment rights

5. A closer look at the 19th Amendment: what it did and didn't do

6. Conclusion and time for Q&A

Objectives

By completing this program, students will be better able to:
1. Explain how women fought for the right to vote
2. Understand why people vote in elections
3. Make connections between past and present
4. Analyze primary sources

Standards Alignment

National Standards

NATIONAL CENTER FOR HISTORY IN THE SCHOOLS HISTORY STANDARDS
United States History Content Standards for Grades K-4 Topic 3 Standard 4B
Demonstrate understanding of ordinary people who have exemplified values and principles of American democracy.

United States History Content Standards for Grades K-4 Topic 3 Standard 4D
The student understands events that celebrate and exemplify fundamental values and principles of American democracy.

United States History Content Standards for Grades 5-12 United States Era 4 Standard 4C
The student understands changing gender roles and the ideas and activities of women reformers.
(5-12) Analyze the activities of women of different racial and social groups in the reform movements for education, abolition, temperance, and women’s suffrage.

NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR CIVICS AND GOVERNMENT
NSS-C.K-4.5.C.1
Rights of individuals. Students should be able to explain why certain rights are important to the individual and to a democratic society.

NSS-C.K-4.5.F.1
Forms of participation. Students should be able to describe the means by which citizens can influence the decisions and actions of their government.

NSS-C.5-8.2.A.1
The American idea of constitutional government. Students should be able to explain the essential ideas of American constitutional government.

NSS-C.5-8.5.E.1
Participation in civic and political life and the attainment of individual and public goals. Students should be able to explain the relationship between participating in civic and political life and the attainment of individual and public goals.


COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.7
Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, how key events occur).
See also: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.7

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.3
Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
See also: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.3

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.5
Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
See also: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.5

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL3.3
Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.
See also: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.3