Thinkport Bulletin: Women's History Month Activities & More

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March 1, 2017 Edition

Women's History

Women’s History Month provides ample opportunities to augment student learning. This week we examine women trailblazers, crusaders, activists, and industry workers that left an indelible mark on history. Also included are two free, high-quality professional development resources.   

Women's History Month: Social Studies

MPT's interactive modules help students strengthen core literacy skills. Each module uses primary and secondary source text or multimedia to teach and assess a single standard in disciplinary literacy. Resources are aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards, and the Common Core.

Women Crusdaers

Women Crusaders for Rights (Grades 6-8)
Explore the lives of notable women in history that led the charge for human rights, democracy and equality. In MPT's self-paced student module, learners gain practice separating facts from opinions in speeches written by Eleanor Roosevelt, Shirley Chisholm, Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.

Lowell Mills

The Lowell Mill Girls  (Grades 6-8)
The Lowell Mill Girls left their mark on history by fighting labor rights in the manufacturing industry. In MPT's social studies activity, students explore primary and secondary sources about the Lowell Mill Girls in order to distinguish between fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment.


 Women in Modern World History (Grades 9-10)
Learn about three trailblazing women who played a significant role in history. Students will read biographies about Emmeline Pankhurst, a leading British suffragette, and Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan environmental activist, in order to write an informative explanatory text describing their role in world history.

Womens History PBS

Women’s History Month Collection (Grades 5-12)
PBS LearningMedia’s film and curriculum series brings to life vital social issues by pairing film modules from award-winning documentaries with standards-based lesson plans. The activities encourage students to learn about and understand international struggles, and take an active role in addressing concerns.

Professional Development Opportunities

Transformative teachers

Transformative Teachers
Foster resilience and ethical leadership among youth with the Transformative Teachers Collection. Topics include empathy, gratitude, forgiveness, and self-acceptance, and help students  develop core values through art, writing, performing, and other activities.


Free Webinars
ASCD's free webinar series brings experts in the field of education to a screen near you. New and archived webinars address  timely and relevant topics such as student engagement, classroom technology, and instructional strategies.

MPT Programs and Activities


Women's History Month on MPT
MPT presents special programming during this annual month of celebration and recognizes the countless contributions of women in history and the present day.

> Access program listings

Film Screening and Panel Discussion: The Bad Kids
Friday, March 17 | 7:00 pm at Maryland Public Television
Join MPT for a moving film and conversation surrounding extraordinary educators and students working to combat the crippling effects of poverty.