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Lois Weber: Actor, Screenwriter & First Woman to Direct a Feature-Length Film

Portrait of Lois Weber by artist Amelie Chabannes.

Grade Level Grades 6-12
Resource Type Activity


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In this digital short from Unladylike2020, students learn about Lois Weber, the first woman director of a feature film, and her impact on silent film and early Hollywood. Utilizing video, discussion questions, vocabulary and an in-class activity, students explore the life and legacy of Lois Weber and her role in the fight for women’s suffrage.

Sensitive: This resource contains material that may be sensitive for some students. Teachers should exercise discretion in evaluating whether this resource is suitable for their class.

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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Lois Weber Lesson Plan.pdf

June 2, 2021
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_Lois Weber_Recursos Educativos.docx

March 16, 2022
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The First American Woman to Direct a Feature-Length Film | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
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