The 19th Amendment and the Transformation of Society
Born from the powerful, unwavering momentum of hundreds of women who first convened a women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York, the 19thAmendment to the United States Constitution the was ratified on August 18, 1920. Prior to the passage of the 19th Amendment, women in the United States did not have the right to vote, and enfranchisement was key to the American dream for many who yearned to participate in civil society. Discover the key figures in the Women’s Suffrage Movement, such as Ida B. Wells, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott who became key historical figures, although, sadly, many women who participated in the crusade for voting rights never lived to see ratification of the amendment.
Discover free lessons that will help your students learn more about this important time in history, highlighting important developments in not only Women’s Rights, but U.S. Civil Rights and other amendments to the Constitution. See some of the highlights of Share My Lesson's 19th Amendment Collection below:
Celebrate the upcoming centennial of the 19th Amendment by sharing the revolutionary history of the accomplishments of women who dared to challenge authority and alter the path of history. And celebrate Women's Equality Day on August 26, 2019. Be sure to check out women's fight for the vote, a primary source-filled exhibit at the Library of Congress. How will you celebrate the achievements of women throughout history? Explore our collection below and share legacies of empowerment with your students.
Every 10 years, the Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution calls for a census to be conducted. Also known as the Population and Housing Census, the Decennial U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States.This information is used to determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives and also determines how the federal funds are distributed throughout the United States.
The census tells us who we are and where we are going as a nation, and helps our communities determine where to build everything from schools to supermarkets, and from homes to hospitals. It helps the government decide how to distribute funds and assistance to states and localities. It is also used to draw the lines of legislative districts and reapportion the seats each State holds in Congress. Read more on why the 2020 Census matters to schools.
The 2010 Census represented the most massive participation movement ever witnessed in our country. Approximately 74 percent of the households returned their census forms by mail; the remaining households were counted by census workers walking neighborhoods throughout the United States.
You can find more information about the census here and in the America Counts blog. You also may like this history of the census in Alaska, via the U.S. Census Bureau.
Your Source for 2020 Census Resources and Lessons
Explore detailed lesson plans, blogs, webinars and more in this expertly curated collection of free resources. Watch the video below from the U.S. Census Bureau, explore stories of the 2020 Census, and find additional teaching activities here.
Breathe fresh air into a classic with Share My Lesson's collection of free To Kill a Mockingbird lesson plans and activities!
Harper Lee's classic text was published in 1960, and its main themes of justice, race and gender are just as relevant today as they were then. Most importantly, this often taught text can be a springboard to conversations about how these themes are still affecting people today, and how the lack of an African American voice in the novel -- rather, Tom is just a character who never narrates -- affects the perspective of the narrator and the novel. You may also want to check out this free course on the classic novel via Facing History and Ourselves.
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