Lesson Plan

Lesson 2: How Do We Determine the Value of Education?

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Have women always had the same educational opportunities as their male counterparts? Young historians read an 1819 essay by Emma Willard on the state of female education in the 19th century before discussing their views regarding women's rights and access to education.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Start the activity with a short journal entry about learners' educational experience so far, including the access they've had to education and any academic accomplishments
  • Have class members paraphrase the essay one line at a time, breaking down the meaning and making it more understandable
  • Use the context questions as writing prompts for an argument essay
Classroom Considerations
  • Designed for elementary and middle school learners, but reading level for the essay is better suited for high schoolers
  • The second part of a three-lesson unit; the unit guide is attached for reference and planning
  • Promotes critical thinking and primary source analysis skills
  • Provides an image of the certificate of merit for learners to examine
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