This week, I scoured the Web for lesson plans and activities for Women's History Month. Few, if any, asked students to do Web research, demonstrate media literacy, synthesize multiple resources, communicate their findings in a manner that engages modern audiences, or share their project outside the walls of their school.
In this blog post, I suggest a few activities that will help students learn about inspiring women and seminal events in women's history, and also offer a learning experience that is relevant to the world in which they live and will one day seek to work. We also list our free resources to assist students in their work, and discuss an opportunity for students to publish their work.
Mary Lyon, founder of Mount Holyoke College, was born in Massachusetts on Feb. 28, 1797. In her town, girls were not allowed to attend school, and had to sit on the school steps, trying to hear what they could of the teacher's lessons. Her struggle to obtain her own education led to her devoting her life to educating other women. In 1837, Mount Holyoke Female Seminary opened in South Hadley, Mass., with Lyon as its principal.
On Feb. 28, 1993, federal agents tried to arrest David Koresh at his Waco, Texas, compound. A gunfight ensued, killing 10 and beginning a 51-day standoff that ended in a horrific, deadly blaze.
Letters of Note offers this letter from Bertrand Russell to Albert Einstein, which was an early draft of what became a joint manifesto warning the world's population on the dangers of nuclear weapons, and pleading for all leaders to avoid war when faced with conflict. The short reply from Einstein is believed to be the last letter he ever wrote.
NASA's Astronomy Photo of the Day offers this stunning picture of Saturn's Hyperion, a moon with oddly shaped craters.
The Big Picture captures the unrest and uncertainty in Libya.