Women have made important but often little-known contributions to American history. These lesson plans and videos are based on History Detectives episodes that examine artifacts which provide clues to how women have been integral in the visual arts, in fighting political causes and on battlefields. They offer students opportunities to hold a history-based political convention, create visual arts designs, and do biographical research.
Michelle Obama welcomes students to an afternoon workshop celebrating historical and social perspectives on the significance of Soul music. The program, led by Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, highlights the most significant moments throughout the history of the Soul genre and its importance in the women’s rights movement, featuring speakers Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monae, and Melissa Etheridge.
In this lesson, student groups role-play sports marketing firms looking to match female baseball players with product endorsement deals. To sell the promotion to their client, groups must present multimedia projects highlighting the accomplishments of their athlete, as well as examples of how they would market the player, such as baseball cards and cereal boxes.
In this lesson plan, students study images of women in movies and television, contrasting the ideal of physical beauty with the risks an actress takes to be funny.
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