Women's Suffrage gives students an overview of what women around the world and in the United States did in order to win the right to vote in national elections. Students can read about the suffrage movement and explore maps of the United States and the world to discover when this right was granted. Additionally, students can read about Effie Hobby, a woman who lived through the women's suffrage movement and was proud to vote in the first U. S. presidential election open to women in 1920.

The components of Women's Suffrage include:

History of Women's Suffrage
With Grolier Encyclopedia online, students read background articles related to the women's suffrage movement. A list of vocabulary words used in each article accompanies the text. After reading the articles, students take an interactive quiz that tests them on content and vocabulary.

When Did Women Vote?
Using a printable chart as a guide, students explore two maps: one of the world and one of the United States. Clicking on different countries and different states, students get information on when women in that area won the right to vote. Filling out their chart, students are asked to draw conclusions about global patterns of women's suffrage.

One Woman Votes in 1920: Effie Hobby's Story
Effie Hobby was born in 1897 and was 23 years old in 1920, making her eligible to vote in the first U.S. presidential race. Students can follow Effie's story and learn what it was like for her to win the right to vote. Students will also learn about events that occurred during Effie's life.

Lesson Goals:

1. Discover the history behind women's suffrage
2. Develop vocabulary related to civics and citizenship
3. Explore world and U.S. maps
4. Draw conclusions about patterns in women's suffrage dates
5. Make personal connections to suffrage history

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