Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin

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Political activist, suffragette, pacifist, and the first woman elected to Congress, Jeannette Rankin has been largely ignored in history and history textbooks. Young historians set out to rectify that situation by examining primary source documents about Rankin and her achievements. To conclude their investigation, pupils create an entry about Rankin for their textbook.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Ask class members to investigate current congresswomen, her accomplishments, and her stance on current issues
  • Use during Women's History Month in March
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires extra prep time to download and copy required documents
Pros
  • Includes a link to Rankin's FBI file and an alternative assessment
Cons
  • None
Common Core