Women's History: A Quick Cyberguide

by Arnold Pulda
Worcester, Massachusetts

Excerpted from AP Central (March 2002).
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Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1775-1940

       Next, go to Tom Dublin and Kathryn Kish Sklar's Web site at SUNY-Binghamton. You'll find 20 lesson plans and over 100 lesson ideas in the Teacher's Corner. These are categorized by U.S. Survey to 1877, U.S. Survey from 1865, and U.S. Women's History, and are excellent activities. I usually recoil from any online lesson plan that says, "Now divide the class in half and stage a debate on the issue of...", but unit three on the site, "Women and Men in the Freedmen's Aid Movement," calling for a class debate, is so well framed and explained that I would not hesitate to use it. These lesson plans are nicely grouped, too, following themes and time periods well. The lesson plans are based on primary sources carried at the site; there are about 650 of these, and you can search for them by keyword, chronology, or subject. At the core of this site are 31 student-created projects, which are themselves based on some of the 650 documents onsite. Scan through these and, the next time that a student asks you for a suggestion for a topic for a project, send her to Women and Social Movements.

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