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  • Women in flight: Using music to study American women pioneers in flight: As North Carolina's 97-98 Christa McAuliffe Teaching Fellow, I designed this plan to musically enhance the 5th grade social studies of American heroes, focusing on women pioneers in flight. It is intended to utilize singing and rhythmic activities to compare and contrast the lives of Amelia Earhart and Christa McAuliffe. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to successfully complete a solo trans-Atlantic flight and tragically disappeared while attempting to fly around the world in 1937. Christa McAuliffe was selected for NASA's Teacher-in-Space program and tragically died in the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster. I traditionally use this plan close to the January 28 anniversary of the shuttle disaster.
  • Votes for Women: This poster, published by the North American Woman Suffrage Association, counters opponents arguments about why women shouldn’t be given the right to vote.
  • Lillian Exum Clement: Biography of Lillian Exum Clement, the first woman elected to the North Carolina General Assembly.

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Suffrage: The changing role of women by Kristin Post
Grades 11–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies
This guide provides educators with oral histories, photographs, and a lesson plan to teach about the women’s suffrage movement in the United States as it relates to equality, rights and responsibilities. During the lesson, students will view photographs of suffragettes and listen to the oral history of Dr. Rosamonde Boyd, who attended college during the suffrage movement and advocated women’s equality throughout her life. Her perspective indicates the way women view themselves, each other, and their roles in society.
North Carolina women and the Progressive Movement by Meghan McGlinn
Grades 9–12 Social Studies
In this lesson, students read primary source documents from Documenting the American South specifically related to North Carolina women involved in reform movements characteristic of the Progressive era. For the most part, these documents detail women’s work in education-related reform and describe the creation of schools for women in the state. They also demonstrate that, as was true in the rest of the nation, the progressive, female reformers of North Carolina were segregated based on race and socio-economic status.
Women, then and now by Lisa Stamey
Grades 11–12 Social Studies
In this lesson, students will analyze images and a home demonstration pamphlet, a Cooperative Extension Work document from the Green ‘N’ Growing collection at Special Collections Research Center at North Carolina State University Libraries. The primary sources will help students assess the roles, opportunities, and achievements of women beginning in 1950.
Women of the South in a changing society by Cindy McPeters and Aletha Aldridge
Grades 9–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies
In this lesson, students examine the lives of women in the south during the Civil War and focus particular attention on analyzing the historical stereotypes of women of the 19th-century.
World War I and the changing face of gender roles by Lee Adcock
Grades 11–12 Social Studies
In this lesson, students analyze oral histories in order to learn more about Progressivism and the impact of World War I and World War II on the role of women in the United States.