Women's Suffrage & the Night of Terror

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Women's Suffrage Lesson Plan & The Night of Terror

In this progressive era lesson plan, students learn about the horrific “Night of Terror” and how the National Women’s Party and other suffrage groups led the fight for the passage of the 19th Amendment.

 

Lesson Overview

Students learn about the horrific “Night of Terror” and how the National Women’s Party and other suffrage groups led the fight for the passage of the 19th Amendment. It tells the amazing story of how Alice Paul and the Silent Sentinels were arrested and then beaten horrifically during the "Night of Terror" and how that turned the tide on the passage of the 19th Amendment. The video also interweaves essential history learning standards like the causes and timeline of the suffrage movement from the Seneca Falls Convention to the Progressive Era. It also breaks down women's roles and accomplishments that ultimately led to the suffrage amendment in 1920 and its legacy on America and other social movements.

In the lesson plan the activity students view four different primary sources; most are political cartoons and one is a pamphlet. Students analyze them, determine their point of view, and summarize the main message in regards to women's suffrage. Then students summarize the arguments for and against women's suffrage and lastly, they send out a fictional tweet from Alice Paul and an opponent after the passage of the 19th Amendment. Students gain historical empathy and can creatively apply their knowledge in a fun way.

What Students Do

Students analyze and interpret four visual primary sources and determine point-of-view, evidence, and meaning of political cartoons, they summarize arguments for and against suffrage and then write fictional tweets! 

Skill Development: Analyzing visual and primary sources, creative writing, deconstructing arguments