Betsy Ross Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Want to teach your students about Betsy Ross? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to guide students through the mechanics of reading biographies. They'll identify key points, ask and answer questions, then apply learning to a fun activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain who Betsy Ross was and her role in history
  • ask and answer questions about Betsy Ross
  • apply the appropriate skills necessary for understanding reading of biographies
  • cite textual evidence to support thinking


1 hour


Key Vocabulary

  • Betsy Ross
  • Quaker
  • John Ross
  • George Washington

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.5

Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.

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