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Text Set: Women Rise Up!

Learn more about the Suffragettes of the late 19th and early 20th century and how the movement for the 19th Amendment was not the end to women’s fight for equality.

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Conversation Starters

Below are questions that can be used with your whole class or within small groups of students to get them thinking about what they know, sharing their personal experiences, and listening to other perspectives. Since these questions may elicit positive and negative emotions, as well as very personal stories, you should first establish parameters for discussions and sharing within your class community.  

1. As a nation, have we upheld the ideal written in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal”? If not, how have we failed? If yes, then provide examples to support your opinion.

2. How can women’s equality help all people?

3. How did race and gender equality become intertwined in American history?  

Quotes to Prompt Discussions and Writing

Quotes are a great way to let students make personal connections between their lives and the world around them. Asking students to agree or disagree with a quote and explain their reasoning is a powerful and easy way for students to evaluate what they know and think about a topic. Quotes can act as a basis for whole-class and small-group conversations as well as writing prompts before, during, and after reading. Here are a few to get you started. 

Malala sitting on a couch with a red hijab on with quote above her
RBG sitting in her justice robes with quote above her
Young women holding women's rights posters with Hillary Clinton quote above

Music and Videos

Music and film have the power to connect with students’ deep emotions and transform their ideas. Students can listen and watch, then respond to written prompts or share their ideas in small groups.

We have chosen a few songs and video clips to help your students reflect on women’s fight for equality, their personal experiences, and universal truths. Each song is linked to the song lyrics, more information the artists, or the development of each song.

Anchor Texts

We encourage you to consider letting students choose between multiple texts that are connected thematically. Students can discuss their chosen texts in literature circles or book clubs while also building a shared understanding of larger themes and ideas across texts through whole-class share-outs and discussions. 

Watch Us Rise

Watch Us Rise

Renée Watson, Ellen Hagan
Age Level:
Middle Grade, YA
Three women from the turn of the century standing with their hands in the air and Vote sashes on.

History Smashers: Women’s Right to Vote

Kate Messner
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Lifting as We Climb: Black Women's Battle for the Ballot Box

Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box

Evette Dionne
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Finish the Fight! The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote

Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote

Veronica Chambers, The Staff of the New York Times
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Biography, Nonfiction
The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba

The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette’s Journey to Cuba

Margarita Engle
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Historical Fiction, Poetry

Additional Texts and Resources

Deepen and extend your students’ understanding of women’s fight for equality through their engagement with additional texts and multimedia resources. They can be powerful anchors for small-group or paired discussions.

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PBS for Teachers: Interactive Learning Module

She Resisted: Strategies of Suffrage | The Vote

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NY Times collection

Suffrage at 100: A Visual History

1920's woman sitting on a white horse while wearing a long white cape and tiara.

Article from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Long Journey for the Vote

Rosie the Riveter image

CommonLit Collection of Articles

Rights of Women

Supports for Recording and Developing Students' Ideas

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Comprehension Vocabulary Writing

Concept Maps

How are two or more concepts or words connected? Concept maps make the web of connections between words and ideas come into focus by visually representing their relationship with one another. Better yet, they are easy to use across disciplines as a way to organizing students’ growing knowledge.

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Comprehension Writing

Inquiry Charts (I-Charts)

Learn about how Inquiry Charts can support your students’ learning and see our *NEW* fillable .pdf to download and use.

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RAFT Writing

The RAFT strategy encourages students to write creatively, consider a topic from a different perspective, and to gain practice writing for different audiences.

Writing Prompts & Wrap-ups

Below are questions that can be used with your whole class or within small groups of students to have them make larger connections between the resources you utilized. Students should use two or more resources when developing their responses.

1. How has your perspective on women’s fight for equality changed as you’ve learned more about the movement?

2. How impactful were the Suffragettes? What is their legacy today?

3. Why is it important to look back at history from a female perspective?

4. Are there rights women are still fighting for in the US? World?