April 22, 2008
By David Darlington
The National Women’s History Museum, based in Alexandria, Virginia, is now posting some women’s history lesson plans online free-of-charge. These lesson plans, which are targeted to middle and secondary school students, cover subject matter such as voting rights, women reformers in the Progressive area, American women athletes in the Olympics, and women in journalism. In these lesson plans, teachers will discover a clearly defined purpose, classroom objectives, a list of prerequisites and materials needed to complete the lesson, and step-by-step procedures. Each lesson includes an online component which incorporates document and image exhibits elsewhere on the National Women’s History Museum web site. Through these lessons, which can be as short as one or two classroom sessions to as long as the teacher wants, students examine primary sources and learn how to write papers and construct timelines based on their findings. There are currently four lesson plans on the museum web site, with more promised.
In the “Educational Resources” section of the National Women’s History Museum web site, teachers will find quizzes, timelines, and famous quotes relating to women’s history, as well as guidelines for teaching classes in women’s history from the elementary to high school levels.