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Celebrating Women's History Month In The Classroom

In recognition of International Women's Day on March 8 and Women's History Month, we celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievement of women through the lens of leadership, language, and authorship. With the Discovery Education resources below, celebrate the female voice and perspective while examining the significant contributions of women to the progressive use of language, groundbreaking new thoughts, ideas, and genres, and promoting social change and activism through words and publishing. You will need your DE login and password to access these free resources. If you have not signed up, email us at education@gpb.org to get started.

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austin
Grades 6-8, 9-12
Jane Austin's witty, elegantly structured satirical fiction presented the quiet, day-to-day, country life of the upper-middle-class English. Her sensitivity to universal patterns of human behavior has prompted many critics to regard Austin as one of the greatest of all novelists.
 
Learning Guide: Harper Lee
Grades 9-12
Harper Lee wrote a book that has brought hope and tolerance to countless numbers of people. To Kill a Mockingbird, a story of social injustice, morals, and growing up in the Depression-era South, has become one of the most successful and beloved novels of American history. 
 
What's So Good about JK Rowling?
Grades K-2, 3-5
In the world of Harry Potter, JK Rowling treads the line between reality and imagination, deals uncompromisingly with fear and darkness, and makes gripping page-turners that can't be put down.  
 
Maya Angelou Content Collection
Grades 6-8, 9-12
Maya Angelou was a writer who drew from the African American storytelling tradition, weaving humor, wisdom, and folk sayings into her writing. Her works like I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings celebrate womanhood, the human spirit, and the will to overcome hardship. 
 
SOS Instructional Idea: Paper Chat
Use SOS: Paper Chat to have students respond to essential questions about these authors, such as: How does learning more about life events and historic context help us understand an author's purpose and point of view? Student peers should elaborate on ideas as they think critically and communicate when the chat is passed. Spotlight on Strategies or SOS are creative, research-based instructional strategies, presented by teachers for teachers. These simple instructional strategies incorporate digital media in meaningful, effective, and practical ways.
 
For more Women's History Month resource, check out this collection: Great Georgia Women Worth Studying.
 
How are you celebrating Women's History Month in the classroom? Let us know in the comments below!