Women’s Suffrage Lesson/ U.S. News Map

The U.S. News Map site is a great tool for searching through news articles on U.S. events up to 1922.  This is also a great site for students to develop their skills of analyzing primary source documents.  I would design a lesson for students using U.S. News Map by having students search for articles about a specific event.  For instance, students can search for articles about the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the U.S.  I would require students to find 3 articles and give them a series of scaffolded questions to answer for each article:

  1. When was the article written? Who wrote it? Where was it written?
  2. How is the event being written about?
  3. Summarize the article and give specific details.

After students find 3 articles and answer the subsequent questions, I would have students write a short answer essay about women’s suffrage that includes specific detail from the articles.

Screencast:Interactive Ellis Island Tour

The following video shows students how to complete an interactive tour of Ellis Island.  This activity is part of our immigration unit.  Students will be completing this tour as if they immigrating into the United states.  They will be given a worksheet that will help guide them along the tour.  At each of the 10 stops, students will read a passage, analyze primary documents, and record their reflection of their time spent at that stop.