Lesson Plan

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

The United States is built on the presumption of equality—yet we have not passed the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. Using video clips featuring historians, a museum tour, and an interview with Ruth Bader Ginsberg, learners consider the arguments for and against the failed amendment. Extension activities include writing prompts and other research ideas.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the video clips and notes guide to examine the Equal Rights Amendment
  • Extend the activity by creating a social media post for or against the proposed amendment
Classroom Considerations
  • Class members need Internet access to view the clips
Pros
  • Activities encourage analysis and synthesis of information
  • Video clips do a good job presenting both sides of the argument
Cons
  • None