Rosie the Riveter and the Women of WWII

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This short lesson introduces students to Rosie the Riveter as the symbol for the women of World War II.  When students think of WWII and other wars, often they forget about the role of women, whether on the front lines or in other roles that are often thought of as men’s roles in society.  The lesson may be used in conjunction with lessons related to World War II and used during Women’s History Month.

Rosie the Riveter and the Women of WWII Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages all about Rosie the Riveter and the Women of WWII
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The inspiring lesson introduces students to Rosie the Riveter as the symbol for the women of World War II. The lesson briefly describes the differences between jobs for men and women before World War II, and how women were needed to fill jobs typically done by men when the men were sent overseas to fight. The lesson then describes the background of Rosie the Riveter, and how she became a symbol of feminism. The lesson also touches on women who filled combat roles, such as the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, and lists several important women who impacted the war effort such as Eleanor Roosevelt. The lesson may be used with other lessons related to World War II.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Ask students what they think about when they hear about a war, what images come to mind.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.
  3. Display the poster or image of Rosie the Riveter. Ask students if they have ever seen the image before and what she may have symbolized or represented during a war.  Students should support their responses.
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Rosie the Riveter and Women of WWII to the class.
  5. Distribute Rosie the Riveter and Women of WWII content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  The students will create an Acrostic using the word Women.  Remind students to be creative and to work cooperatively.  All information must be related to the Women of WWII and must include drawings of their own or images from the Internet or other sources.  Students will then discuss and respond to the two questions.  Allow sufficient time for completion of the activity.
  7. Once completed, the students will share their Acrostics with other students or the class. Conduct a class discussion related to the two questions.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  10. In closing, ask students: Besides the image of Rosie the Riveter, what other image could have been used to represent the women of World War II? Why?

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1- 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies

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