Susan B. Anthony

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A great lesson to be used during Women’s History Month (March), which introduces students to Susan B. Anthony.  Most students may not have heard of Anthony, except for her image on the one-dollar coin minted for just a few years, and most are unlikely to be aware of her accomplishments related to women’s rights.  Her image is also scheduled to appear on special $10 bills in 2020 commemorating the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement.  The goal of the lesson is to help students become aware of Susan B. Anthony and the women’s suffrage movement during her lifetime.  Teachers may need to adapt to their grade level.

Susan B. Anthony Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Susan B. Anthony’s life
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Students are introduced to Susan B. Anthony in this lesson, making it perfect for use during Women’s History Month (March).  The goal of the lesson is to help students become aware of Susan B. Anthony and her accomplishments related to the women’s suffrage movement during her lifetime.  Most students may not have heard of Anthony, except for her image on the one-dollar coin minted for just a few years, and most are unlikely to be aware of her accomplishments related to women’s rights.  Her image is also scheduled to appear on special $10 bills in 2020 commemorating the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement.  Teachers can adapt this lesson to a variety of grade levels.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Ask: What do many people do two times per year, but half the population was not permitted to do so before 1920?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. (You may give some hints.)  Once the answer (vote) is given, display the initials:    Ask students to guess whose initials they are.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. (You may give some hints.)  Introduce Susan B. Anthony.
  4. Distribute Susan B. Anthony content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Distribute supplies.  Encourage students to be creative.  The timeline should be in the same order as the summary shown on the content pages.
  6. Once completed, students may share them with the class.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.  Allow students to share their currency and the women featured.  Ask students why they chose each woman.
  9. In closing, ask: Have any of you ever seen a Susan B. Anthony dollar-coin?  Why do you think they are not used too often?
  10. Allow for responses and discussion. Coins were only minted for 3 years (1979-81) and then one more year in 1999.  They were not popularly accepted or used.  Most were not circulated.

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3

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

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies