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Social Movements in Modern America: Labor, Civil Rights, and Feminism
NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers, July 11-31, 2010
Institute Curriculum and Lesson Plans

Feminist Movement


Tai Basurto



The Sound of Change: Examining Social Movements Through Music Using songs allows students to understand the development of the movement by critically engaging them in discussion around the motives, themes, and ideologies of the participants.

Erin Bouton



Gender Roles and Gender Bias

The purpose of this lesson is to discuss the accepted gender roles of women and examine Gloria Steinem’s “What Would It Be Like if Women Win” to address what the Second Wave of Feminists were advocating for during the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Jose Colon



The Fight for Women’s Rights from 1848 to 1965

This lesson is explorse how the fight for women’s rights change from two different periods of American History. Students will analyze two key documents: the Seneca Fall Declaration of Rights in 1848 and the Statement of Purpose from the NOW Demands Document.

Jeannette Cooney


The Scarlet Letter:  Penalty and Penance

This lesson, intended for high school American Literature or United States History students, will help students better see the Puritan society in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. The lesson will address questions about the intention of Puritan law, the enforcement of those laws, and compare societal expectations of Puritan times to those of today.

James Diskant



The Effect of the Women’s Movement in the United States: Analyzing Advertising in the 1950’s and 1970’s and the Changing Social Construction of Gender

This lesson will enable students to understand the role of print advertising directed at women before the women’s movement began to change attitudes towards women and the effect of the movement on advertising afterwards.

Trent Dlugosh



The Rise of Feminism as Seen Through the Evolution of Advertising

Through this lesson students will view various advertisements both featuring and directed at women from the 1950's through the 1990's.  Students will use the analysis guide provided to analyze these ads and trace the rise of the feminist movement through these advertisements.

Claudia Eschelbach



Women on the Home Front Lesson Plan

Students will analyze women’s roles during World War II by viewing posters from the home front. Students will use a poster analysis sheet as a guideline and cite evidence from the posters in their critiques.

Summer Johnson



Goals of the Feminist Movement in the 1960s

This lesson discusses the goals of the feminist movement in the 1960s by examining the NOW Bill of Rights. Additionally, students will explore the question: Can Civil Rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer be considered an icon for the feminist movement in the 1960s and 1970s?

Desi Lee



Feminism:  Comparison of African-American Women Role in the Civil Rights Movement and the Feminist Movement

The purpose of this lesson is for students to learn about the role of African-American women’s role in the Civil Rights Movement and Feminist Movement.  Students will also compare African-American women’s role in both movements; and discuss how their roles changed from Civil Rights to Feminist.

Kevin Murphy



Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique.

This lesson can be used to launch a unit on the Feminist Movement. It uses the first chapter of Betty Friedan’s book The Feminine Mystique. Students will be able to define the feminine mystique and explain how Betty Friedan launched the feminist movement.

Mark Olesh



Key Documents in the American Drive for Gender Equality

The purpose of this lesson is to study the American women’s movement through the use of primary documents.  Specifically, students will analyze four key documents in the history of this movement and learn how these documents improved the condition of women in the United States.

Jennifer Prince



Feminist self-empowerment through music

The purpose of this assignment is to engage students in thinking about how music can be a tool for self-empowerment and as a means of disempowerment. The particular focus of this lesson is females and the Feminist Movement, but could be adapted to other demographics.

Elizabeth Robbins



Just Say No to the ERA! This lesson will focus on providing students with resources from which they can better understand the anti-ERA movement that grew in the early 1970s led by figures such as Phyllis Shafley.

Patrick Sprinkle



Impact of Disadvantaged Groups on the Polictical Process

The purpose of this lesson is to help students appreciate how disadvantaged groups can impact the political process and how groups are impacted by government war propaganda or posters.


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