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Library of Congress: Women's Suffrage

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required


Website Example:

Tech Product Equipment

Computer(s), Internet access, optional projector (for class presentation) and printer

Activity Description

In this activity, students learn about the history of Women’s Suffrage through the exploration of primary sources. The American Memory Collection’s Classroom Materials section features lesson plans, themed resources, primary source sets, presentation and activities, and collection connections.The Presentations & Activities section offers media-rich historical content or interactive opportunities for exploration to both teachers and students.


  1. Make sure that the site is not blocked at your school.
  2. Preview the Example Web Site link to a Women's Sufferage lesson  and get familiar with the Teachers Guide (pdf) offered and the many resources available.
  3. Under the Preparation  link, you will find directions for creating primary source packets and Resources to be used in class discussions and projects.
  4. Look over the Procedure  section for more help on the "How to".
  5. Go to the Primary Source Analysis Tool  and print it.


  1. Read and discuss the Historical Background (found in the Teacher's Guide) with your students.
  2. Show some of the primary sources available from the site.
  3. Distribute the Primary Source Analysis Tool handout to your students.
  4. Discuss the primary sources and use this form to record your responses.
  5. Guide the students with the sample questions included in the Teacher's Guide to analyzing primary sources.

Teacher Tips

  • Here you will find all primary sources teacher's guides 
  • On the Classroom Resources  page, open the Themed Resources, Primary Source Sets, Presentations & Activities, and Collection Connections for different materials you can use in your classroom on other topics.

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Social Studies

  • American Government
  • U.S. History
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.