Seneca Falls and Suffrage: Teaching Women's History with Comics

As part of the study of women's history, young scholars examine Chester Comix's strips about the Seneca Falls Convention and four 19th century leaders in the struggle for equal rights. After researching other elements of the Suffrage Movement, individuals demonstrate what they have learned by creating their own comic panels illustrating either the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession or the signing of the 19th Amendment.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • As guided instruction, work with the class to create one panel for a strip, asking for suggestions on arrangement, facial expressions, objects and details
Classroom Considerations
  • Presumes learners have a basic understanding of of the struggle for women's rights, abolition, the Declaration of Independence, and peaceful activism
  • Requires considerable prep time to copy required materials
Pros
  • The plan is scripted and includes step-by-step directions
Cons
  • None