Weighing the Arguments

To understand how personal perspectives can affect policy and politics, scholars examine the woman suffrage media map and historical artifacts to analyze arguments for and against women's suffrage. Class members then take on the role of congressional representatives at the turn of the 20th century and prepare arguments supporting their position. After groups present their arguments and evidence, the class reviews them to identify facts and opinions.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Instructors should review the provided sample worksheet and decide whether or not to share the worksheet with learners
  • Since the first woman (Janette Ranking) wasn't elected to Congress until 1916, create two special groups composed of female class members, one in support of the amendment and one opposed, and have them craft their arguments to present to the class
Classroom Considerations
  • Participants require access to devices with internet
  • Plan to make individual copies of the "Women's Suffrage WebQuest" worksheet
  • Includes a completed example worksheet
  • None
Common Core