Colonial Era

Lesson Plan

Pocahontas

Students will learn about Pocahontas’ life and explore the relationship between legend and history when it comes to the infamous incident in which John Smith claimed she saved him.
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Lesson Plan

Defying British Rule

Students will investigate women's roles in the American Revolution while practicing historical thinking skills and citing evidence to support their argument.
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Biography

Dolley Madison

Dolley Madison, the fourth First Lady of the United States, is widely remembered as the most lively of the early First Ladies.
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Lesson Plan

Tea with Penelope

Students will analyze and evaluate the meaning, value, and message of the political cartoon, A Society of Patriotic Ladies, at Edenton, North Carolina, October 25, 1774.
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Biography

Sybil Ludington

Sybil Ludington was just 16 years old when she made a night-time ride rallying Patriot soldiers.
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Biography

Mercy Otis Warren

Mercy Otis Warren was a published poet, political playwright and satirist during the age of the American Revolution.
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Biography

Phillis Wheatley

Despite spending much of her life enslaved, Phillis Wheatley was the first African American woman to publish a book of poems.
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Biography

Deborah Sampson

Deborah Sampson disguised herself as a man and joined the Patriot forces during the American Revolution. She was the only woman to earn a military pension for participation in the Revolutionary army.
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Biography

Judith Sargent Murray

A prominent essayist of the American republic, Judith Sargent Murray was an early advocate of women’s equality, access to education, and the right to control their earnings.
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Biography

Pocahontas

Among the most famous women in early American history, Pocahontas is credited with helping the struggling English settlers survive.
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Biography

Anne Hutchinson

Considered one of the earliest American feminists, Anne Hutchinson was a spiritual leader in colonial Massachusetts who challenged male authority.
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Biography

Penelope Barker

Penelope Barker organized the Edenton Tea Party, the first recorded women’s political demonstration in America.
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