Twentieth Century America
Hook | Questions
| Procedures | Data Investigation
| Analysis | Findings
| New Questions
Clark and Ana Elkins
your school is voting to decided whether or not homework should be allowed,
but only the teachers are permitted to vote.
Believe it or
not, women in our nation were facing these questions
less than a century ago!
As a teacher you usually have specific topics
that you need to teach, so there are probably going to be boundaries around
the types of questions you want your students to ask. These questions
will drive the inquiry.
- Why were women denied the right to vote
prior to the Suffrage Movement?
- What were women’s rights during this
happened that made women in the early twentieth century want to gain
the right to vote?
- Why did some people in the early twentieth
century think that women should be denied the right to vote?
After students have asked questions related
to the topic, they will need to decide a number of things, including:
- Type(s) of data needed to answer the
- Defining important terms
- Choosing tools for data manipulation
- Defining how data will be manipulated
Type(s) of Data:
- Websites listed on student page.
- Students will be viewing letters, speeches,
articles and books written by women and men engaged in this movement.
- Websites found within PowerPoint Hook
Defining Important Terms: (definitions
1: a vote given in deciding a controverted question or in the
choice of a person for an office or trust, 2: the right of
voting ;also : the exercise of such right
(Women's Movement): a series of organized activities working toward
an objective; also : an organized effort to promote
or attain an end <the civil rights movement>
a woman who advocates suffrage
- Excel Spreadsheet: Used to create KWL
Chart (Know, Want to know, Learned)
See sample of KWL under Analysis
- Students will create a KWL Chart in Excel
based upon the information they find on various websites.
There is often a giant leap from defining
the type(s) of data desired and actually finding the data. Providing guidance
to students in finding the necessary data may be necessary.
Web Inquiry Projects use data/information
other people have gathered and placed online. Part of the inquiry process
is finding the needed information.
- Students are provided a list of web sites
and are then asked to search for the data they need within the following
- National Woman’s Suffrage Association
Collection located at: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/naw/nawshome.html
- PBS Website at:
Voters Manual at:
Raw data/information usually
has to be manipulated before it can answer any questions. Students might
be unaware of how data can best be manipulated, so teacher guidance may
- Students will create a KWL Chart on this
topic. Before engaging
in research, students will record on their chart everything they Know
about women’s rights and the reasons for participating in the Suffrage
Movement. Students will
then write down what they Want to know about this subject.
The final column in the chart is reserved for that the students
Learned as a result of their research.
- Click here to see
sample KWL Chart
No result is meaningful unless
communicated appropriately. Discussion of findings should be supported.
There may or may not be definitive answers to the questions students raised.
students turn in complete
students present one interesting
fact from their investigations to the class
(Students will select a question from the W section
of their chart and analyze the data to present a response to the class in the form of
Findings shown in each group's
KWL Chart may vary; however, answers to the questions will likely follow
a main idea. See sample below for sample answers to the KWL questions.
Follow up questions students
might have and wish to investigate at a later time:
What would the world be
like today if women still did not have the right to vote?
Did the right to vote guarantee
equality (gender, ethnicity, etc)? Are there other areas now where
inequality still exists?
When women won the right
to vote, did it lead to changes in other areas?
When women won the right
to vote, did they actually vote? Do they now? How many as compared