This month, EDSITEment puts the spotlight on Women’s History Month, which provides an ideal opportunity for students to learn about and connect to the lives, struggles, and achievements of women who came before in order to better understand our world today. Topics include “First Ladies,” “Women Write their Own Script,” “The Long 19th Century Struggle for Equality,” “Women in World War,” “Women Novelists from Austen to Hurston,” “Women Painters and Women in Art,” “Women as American Masters,” “American Women’s History and Cultural Experience,” and “Women in World History.” Students can each be assigned to research write an article on a woman from history, and then use EDSITEment’s printing press (find the link at the bottom of the page) to create the newspaper, complete with headlines and places for images.
EDSITEment is also offering three new or updated. lesson plans this month. New are “Picturing Freedom: Selma-to-Montgomery March, 1965,” which helps students learn about the impact of photography in the Civil Rights Movement, and “JFK, LBJ, and the Fight for Equal Opportunity in the 1960s,” which provides students with an opportunity to study and analyze the innovative legislative efforts of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson in the social and economic context of the 1960s. Updated is “Folklore in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God,” which explores how writer Zora Neale Hurston incorporated and transformed black folklife in the novel by looking at Hurston’s own life history and collection methods, listening to her WPA recordings of folksongs and folktales, and comparing transcribed folk narrative texts.
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