NWHM First But Not Last Lesson Plan
Content Area/Online Exhibit:First But Not Last: Women Who Ran for President
Grade Level: Secondary Grades
Lesson Prepared By: Jessie Regunberg
Students will learn about the brave women who dared to run for president in the United States, and they will be given a taste of the democratic process by participating in a mock election.
One class period.
- Computer Lab…access to First But Not Last...
If a computer lab is not available, the teachers can print the Online Exhibit. Please note that the Online Exhibit is very long -- double sided copying is encouraged.
- Handout. [Available for download here].
Introduce the subject by asking the class if they knew that there have been several women before Hillary Clinton who ran for president. Explain that today they will be voting to elect one of the women featured in the Online Exhibit as President of the United States.
Pass out the voting handouts [click here to download]. This handout will act as both a ballot and as a navigation tool for the Online Exhibit First But Not Last. After giving the students sufficient time to read about the candidates, have them vote for their top three choices. Bring the class back together and collect their ballots. Tally up the points for the result and write the winners on the board. Discuss why these women were chosen.
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