Susan B. Anthony Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about Susan B. Anthony with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains Anthony's involvement with women's suffrage and other rights, then discuss and apply concepts in active ways before taking a quiz to test understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe Susan B. Anthony's involvement in women's rights issues
  • explain Susan B. Anthony's impact on women's rights


1 - 1.5 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Susan B. Anthony
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • Temperance
  • Women's suffrage
  • 14th Amendment
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • National American Women Suffrage Association
  • Carrie Chapman Catt
  • 19th Amendment

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

Warm Up

  • Prepare for the lesson by giving each student four index cards, having them draw a large circle on each, then cut out to have four disk shapes. Set aside for later.
  • Now ask students to think of a time they had to stand up for what they knew to be right, then briefly write about it.
  • Divide students into partners and have them share their experiences. Discuss as a whole class the steps we take to make change happen as individuals, such as boycotting, voting, calling supervisors, etc.


  • Distribute copies of the lesson Who Was Susan B. Anthony? - Women's Rights Facts & Significance and read the first section 'Anthony Joins the Women's Rights Movement' together.
  • Ask:
    • What did Anthony do to show her passion for equality?
    • Why was having the right to vote the best way to work towards reform?
  • Remind students that at this time, women didn't have the right to vote. Discuss why and how this limited women's role in society, then read 'The Fight for Women's Suffrage' together.
  • Divide students into partners and have them research women's rights in 1858. Have each group make a t-chart listing rights then and now.
  • Come back together to share lists, then read the rest of the text lesson with students.
  • Discuss:
    • Why didn't the government try to collect the fine from Anthony?
    • Do you think it was fair to arrest the inspectors who allowed Anthony to vote?
    • Why may people have wanted to keep women from voting?
    • When did women gain the right to vote? What role did Anthony play in this process?
  • Take the quiz as a class to check understanding.

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