Women's Rights Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Nora Jarvis

Nora has a Master's degree in teaching, and has taught a variety of elementary grades.

The Women's Rights Movement was a time in United States history when many women were fighting to get more rights. In this lesson, your students will learn about the history of the Women's Rights Movement.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast women's lives before and after the start of the Women's Rights Movement
  • Discuss an event in the Women's Rights Movement


45 minutes for the lesson, with an additional 90 minutes for the activity

Curriculum Standards


Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text


Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.



  • Engage students with the lesson by asking if they think men and women have equal rights today.
    • Have your students do a think-pair-share to discuss with their neighbor.
    • Your students will likely have differing opinions on whether men and women really do have equal rights today, and this is an opportunity for your class to have a lively discussion.
    • Prompt students to support their ideas with evidence.
  • Explain to students that many people really do debate about whether men and women have equal rights today, but there was a time when it was very clear that women did not have the same rights as men.
  • Have students create a T-chart on a piece of paper, with one side labeled Before and the other side labeled After.
  • Pass out paper copies of Women's Rights Movement Lesson for Kids and divide students into pairs.
  • Tell students that they and their partner should read through the lesson, jotting down notes about what women's lives were like before and after the Women's Rights Movement.
  • After students have completed their T-chart, bring the class back together. Ask for them to share their reflections after reading the notes. Possible discussion areas include:
    • Who was Elizabeth Stanton?
    • What did she write?
    • What was the suffrage movement?
    • What was the Civil Rights Act?
  • Ask if there are any questions, then have students complete the quiz to check understanding.

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