Lesson Plan

Shirley Chisholm, Unbossed and Unbought

An engaging resource introduces young historians to Shirley Chisholm, the woman, the Black congresswoman, the activist, and the candidate for President in 1972. Class members study primary sources, watch a video of her announcing her run for president, and watch interviews to gain an understanding of the challenges Chisholm faced as both a woman and as a Black woman in her run for president.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Display the ads and the defense of the ads on classroom walls
Classroom Considerations
  • Class members should be familiar with the "Rapid-Fire Writing" strategy; for those unfamiliar with the process, a link is provided that provides step-by-step directions
  • Includes a link to Chisholm's profile from the National Women's History Museum
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