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Annie Smith Peck: Record-Breaking Mountaineer

Portrait of Annie Smith Peck by artist Amelie Chabannes.

Grade Level Grades 6-12
Resource Type Activity, Lesson Plan


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Learn about Annie Smith Peck, one of the first women in America to become a college professor and who took up mountain climbing in her forties, in this video from Unladylike2020. Peck gained international fame in 1895 when she first climbed the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps -- not for her daring ascent, but because she undertook the climb wearing pants rather than a cumbersome skirt. Fifteen years later, at age 58, Peck was the first mountaineer ever to conquer Mount Huascarán in Peru, one of the highest peaks in the Western Hemisphere. Support materials include discussion questions, vocabulary, and teaching tips for extending learning through research projects. 

UNLADYLIKE2020 is a production of Unladylike Productions in association with THIRTEEN’s American Masters. UNLADYLIKE2020's collection of educational resources was created by The WNET Group’s Kids Media & Education Department with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Annie Smith Peck Lesson Plan.pdf

June 23, 2021
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Annie Smith Peck_Recursos Educativos.docx

March 16, 2022
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Lesson Plan
June 22, 2021
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Annie Smith Peck: Record-Breaking Mountaineer | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
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