Key Takeaways:

  • Women’s history is one of the most important subjects for middle school students to learn about and understand.
  • By tying events related to women’s struggle for equality to current events, you’ll not only capture your students’ attention, you’ll help them understand the significance of women’s history in a timely context.
  • Junior Scholastic provides you with innovative teaching resources, nonfiction stories, and engaging lessons to ensure your middle school students see the relevance of women’s history in today’s world.

Wondering how to effectively teach your middle school students about women’s history and the struggle for equality? With these inspiring lessons from Junior Scholastic, you’ll ensure your students truly understand the significance of women’s history by making it relevant to their own lives today.

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Still Fighting

One way for students to relate to women’s history and the struggle for equality is to see teens just like themselves fighting for equal rights. In our story, “They’re Fighting for Women’s Equality,” your students will learn about a group of teens from Massachusetts who are standing up to be heard and continuing the fight to amend the Constitution to guarantee equal rights for women.

To inspire your students to dive deeper into the conversation around equal rights, this story also comes with free teaching resources, including activities to help explain the wage gap, how to analyze a primary source, and a step-by-step lesson plan.

A Legacy Still Felt Today

In our story, “A Whole New Ballgame,” your students will learn about the pioneering women who stepped up to the plate during World War II to play professional baseball. With video clips documenting women taking the field and highlighting other major events and achievements in U.S. women’s sports history, an interactive timeline, and a “Know the News” quiz, your students will see how the legacy of these pioneering women is still felt today.

On Equal Footing?

The U.S. armed forces experienced a big change at the start of 2016 when the Department of Defense opened all combat positions in the military to female troops for the first time. In our story, “Women on the Front Lines,” your middle school students will learn what has and hasn’t changed since women started serving in combat roles. After reading, spark a discussion by asking your students whether or not they believe female troops are truly on equal footing compared to their male counterparts.

Making Up Ground

There’s a lot of ground to be made up when it comes to the wage gap, especially in professional sports. In a Junior Scholastic feature story, we discuss why there’s such a gender wage disparity in American sports and why that might soon change. With a step-by-step lesson plan, wage gap bar graph, and an “Organizing Your Argument” essay writing activity, your students will clearly see how women’s history and the struggle for equal rights is still relevant today.

Making History Relevant

Junior Scholastic not only makes women’s history relevant to today’s students, it also helps students understand why learning about the struggle for equality is so important. That’s why teachers across the nation rely on it throughout the school year to teach the latest news and essential historical topics. Try Junior Scholastic free for 30 days in your class and see how engaging it can be. You’ll receive print magazines for every student, lesson plans, standards-based teacher support, and digital differentiation resources such as multiple reading levels. Start your free trial now!

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