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August 26

The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave women the right to vote in 1920.

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The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave women the right to vote in 1920.

Grades 5 – 8
Calendar Activity Type Historical Figure & Event

 

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Proposed on June 4, 1919, it took more than a year for the 48 states to ratify the 19th Amendment, which became law when the Secretary of State announced the completion of the ratification process on August 26, 1920, officially giving women in the U.S. the right to vote.

 

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Six months before the 19th Amendment established women's right to vote in the United States, the League of Women Voters was founded to help women become responsible voters. Today, the League of Women Voters works toward helping American citizens be active, involved participants in the political system—from voting to campaigning to taking a position on current issues.

Invite a representative from the local chapter of the League to talk to your students about voting rights and what they can do to be active in politics, even if they are not old enough to vote yet. Use the ReadWriteThink lessons Vote For Me! Developing, Writing, and Evaluating Persuasive Speeches and Voting! What's It All About? to explore voting with younger students.

 

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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Critical Literacy: Women in 19th-Century Literature

Reading historical selections will give students the perspective they need to compare the author’s purpose and voice of two separate writers.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Analyzing Character Development in Three Short Stories About Women

Students read three short stories about women; discuss the development of female characters, gender differences, and society's expectations; and write scripts in which the characters discuss their similarities and differences.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

From Friedan Forward—Considering a Feminist Perspective

Students write letters expressing personal views on issues like equal pay, equal education/employment opportunity, and gender roles—and receive these letters six years later.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Voting! What’s It All About?

Students explore a variety of sources for information about voting. They evaluate the information to determine if it is fact or opinion, and then create a graffiti wall about voting.

 

Grades   4 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Vote for Me! Developing, Writing, and Evaluating Persuasive Speeches

This lesson encourages students in grades 4 and 5 to think critically and write persuasively by focusing on preparing, presenting, and evaluating mock campaign speeches.