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Digital Unit Plan Template

Unit Title: Womens Rights in American Society

Name: Rachel Ackerman

Content Area: Social Science/ History- U.S. History

Grade Level: 11

CA Content Standard(s)/Common Core Standard(s):

11.3 Students analyze the role religion played in the founding of America, its lasting moral, social, and political impacts, and issues regarding
religious liberty.

Describe the contributions of various religious groups to American civic principles and social reform movements (e.g., civil and human rights,
individual responsibility and the work ethic, antimonarchy and self-rule, worker protection, family-centered communities).

11.5 Students analyze the major political, social, economic, technological, and cultural developments of the 1920s.
Analyze the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment and the changing role of women in society.


Students analyze the development of federal civil rights and voting rights.
Analyze the women's rights movement from the era of Elizabeth Stanton and Susan Anthony and the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment
to the movement launched in the 1960s, including differing perspectives on the roles of women.
Students analyze the major social problems and domestic policy issues in contemporary American society.
Describe the changing roles of women in society as reflected in the entry of more women into the labor force and the changing family

Big Ideas/Unit Goals:

How have women influenced amendments to the Constitution?
How have the roles and experiences of women changed in America?
How were/are women disenfranchised in American society?
Did the womens rights movement come to a close? Or are we still tackling issues surrounding womens rights?

Provide a historical context as to the reasons why womens groups were motivated to advocate and create the necessary changes to ensure equality, equity,
and liberties (that most accepted groups of Americans already experienced) were met.

Distinguish and analyze some of the key events that helped bring womens rights issues to American consciousness.
Identify leaders and advocates for womens rights and the ways they choose to fight for women of America.
Identify the changes women and their supporters have accomplished within American societal views and politics/ policy.
Connect women's rights issues with contemporary social and civil problems, as well as linking evidence of tactics used from these movements to inspire
change and upheaval in today's society

Unit Summary:
Students will be studying womens rights in American. The movements we will cover are womens suffrage, reproductive rights, the Equal Rights Amendment, and
wage gap. They will look at the factors and conditions leading to the various movements while analyzing the inequalities, inequities, and injustices women face/d.
Students will examine various protests, marches, conferences, key figures/leaders, and events that led your common day Americans to talk about, question, and
acknowledge that America was not free or equal to and for all. We will cover the successes and failures that occurred, as well as discuss their relevance to
contemporary America and Americans. Students will consider if they were successful in todays American societal context and the social issues women face
Assessment Plan:
Entry-Level: Survey quiz
This assessment will be administered as a 10question quiz. It will not be graded for accuracy, but
rather as a guide to assess students prior knowledge
and allow me the opportunity to frame lessons more

Formative: Concept Map

This assessment will require students to create a
concept map about 3 leaders of womens rights.
They will take the knowledge they received from
their classmates presentations to create a thorough
map of the leaders role and progress in womens

Summative: ESSAY
Students will craft a 3-4-page essay considering the
role womens rights groups have had on their
movement. They will examine the groups agenda to
reform American policy, the Constitution, and
societal acceptance of women as autonomous beings.
Then they will discuss what made them successful
and the change they achieved.

Lesson 1
Student Learning
Identify leaders and
advocates for womens
rights and the ways they
choose to fight for women
of America

Acceptable Evidence
At the end of the lectures
regarding womens rights in
American history students
will be able to identify at
least 3 key persons in each
of the three womens
movements (suffrage,
reproductive rights, gender

Lesson Activities:
Provide students with a few different lectures detailing ideas and motives that led to the
movements for social and civil change for women in America.
Have students break off into groups of 3-4 members, then choose one leader or activist for
womens rights to create an in-depth lesson to present to the class. They will work together to
create a Prezi presentation. The presentation will be required to detail specific information on
why their advocate choose to fight for womens rights, how they became a powerful leader of
the cause, and if they were successful in their fight. All presentations will require
media/audio clips, images, and articulate clear and informative information. The groups will

equality). They must explain

the role and significance of
the person or event in the
context of womens rights in
a concept map.
Lesson 2
Student Learning
Distinguish and analyze
some of the major and key
events that helped bring
womens rights issues to
American consciousness.

Lesson 3
Student Learning
Identify the changes women
and their supporters have
accomplished within
American societal views
and politics/ policy.

also be required to create a 2-sided handout to give to students to fill out while they are
listening to their presentation.
Examples of figures students could choose would be: Margaret Sanger, Alice Paul, Susan B.
Anthony, etc.

Acceptable Evidence:
After the project has been
completed, students will
organize various posts and
tweets with 3 major
movements for womens
rights (suffrage,
reproductive rights, and
gender equality) in a quiz.

Lesson Activities:
Historical Twitter/ Instagram account
Have students watch clips, videos, speeches, images, and movies detailing some of the major
events that led to Americans becoming aware and acknowledging injustices experienced by
women of the past.
Students will break off into small groups of 3-4 to create a Twitter AND Instagram account
to document an event of the womens rights movement. They will operate the account from a
first-person point-of-view; as someone (male or female) who is experiencing the events
conspire in front of them or from a distance. They will design and use a hashtag to link all
the images and/or tweets to one another in their class period.

Acceptable Evidence:
Students will evaluate the
implications groups for
womens rights have had on
politics. They will discuss
their success and identify
how they became successful
in their change to American
policy upon completion of
their groups broadcast in an

Lesson Activities:
Breaking news bulletin
Students will take the knowledge they have obtained about womens rights movements and
the changes they inspired to create a news bulletin broadcast documenting a major change to
laws, amendments, and policies in America. In groups of 4-6, they will use various media
technologies to film, edit, and publish to the internet their broadcast. The video broadcast
will be shown to the class.
Following each broadcast, the class will discuss the monumental decisions and changes and
how they have influenced American life today. Students will touch upon all broadcast and
connect them to one another and how they led to amendments and undoing injustices
experienced by women of the time, as well as the significance to Americans and other people
of the world today.

Unit Resources:
Digital Media
History Channel: Womens Suffrage Movement.
PBS Learning: Womens and Civil Rights Movement.
YouTube: Crash Course History- Civil Rights Movement.
YouTube: Crash Course History- The Sixties.

YouTube: Crash Course History- Womens Suffrage.

YouTube: Crash Course History- Women in the 19th Century.
YouTube: Emma Watson at the UN.
YouTube: TedTalk: Sheryl Sandberg- Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders.
YouTube: TedTalk: Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche- We Should All Be Feminist.
YouTube: Progression of Womens Rights.
YouTube: Womens Movements of the USA 50s-60s.
Women Who Make America part1-3. ; ;
YouTube: Cross Roads of History- Womens Suffrage.
YouTube: School House Rock- Womens Suffrage.
YouTube: Bad Romance Womens Suffrage.
YouTube: Disney Princess on Equal Pay.
YouTube: The Equal Rights Amendment.
YouTube: The Wage Gap.
Articles to Provide Historical Context
The American YAWP: The Progressive Era.
The American YAWP: World War II
The American YAWP: The Affluent Society.
The American YAWP: The Sixties.
The American YAWP: The Unraveling.
The American YAWP: The Triumphant of the Right.
ACLU: The Women Behind the 19th Amendment.
Wikipedia: Womens Suffrage in the United States.
U.S. History: Womens Reproductive Rights.
The History of Womens Reproductive Rights.
Opinion and Informational Articles to Consider Current Place of Womens Rights
Harvard Summer School: Gender Inequality and Women in the Workplace.
Desert National News: Gender Inequality is more than Just Equal Pay.
Bloomberg: What Data Analytics Say About Gender Inequality in the Workplace.

United States of Representatives- History, Art, & Archives: Womens Rights Movement.
NWHP: History of Womens Rights Movement.
Wikipedia: Feminism.
Quartz Africa: How to Raise a Feminist.
The Washington Post: From Betty Friedan to Beyonc; Todays Generation Embraces Feminism.

Useful Websites:
Civil Rights Teaching (teacher site).
Zinn Ed. Project (teacher site).
PBS Learning Media (teacher site).
Office of Civil Rights.
Civil Rights for Kids.
American Experience Video Clips.

Timelines/ Statistical Data

Womens Rights Timeline.
Trust Black Womens Reproductive Rights Timeline.
Digital History: Womens Rights.
Women in the Workplace: Then VS. Now.