Women’s History – Passages & Biography Project – 2nd-5th Grade
⭐️ Are you looking for the perfect way to teach your students about Women’s history through the stories of inspirational figures? How about a Women’s History Month project that incorporates social studies, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills? This Women’s History Passages & Biography Project is the perfect way for your students to learn about influential people in Women’s History while practicing and developing key skills. Students read passages about important people in Women’s history and then use the included templates and anchor charts to create a biography poster. Also includes a quote analysis activity that can be added to the biography as an extension.
⭐️ This resource contains 14 biography passages. Each passage is differentiated on three certified Lexile levels to cover readers from 2nd to 5th grade. Each passage set has reading comprehension questions and an integrated color-coding text evidence strategy that helps students use the text to answer questions. Biographical subjects include a wide range of people from history and the present, including Marie Curie, Gloria Steinem, Malala Yousafzai, Anne Frank, Frida Kahlo, and more.
⭐️ After reading and responding to comprehension questions, students will select one Women’s history figure and use the included writing anchor charts to complete their biography poster. The students can present their posters to teach their classmates, integrating writing, speaking, and listening standards.
✏️Lexile Levels – The included texts are leveled for 2nd-5th grade. This product includes 14 differentiated leveled passages in the 2nd-3rd and 4th-5th Grade Text Complexity Bands (the range for 2nd-3rd is 420-820 and 4th-5th grade is 740-1010). Each passage is available on three levels.
✏️Integrated Color Coding – The color coding strategy encourages students to learn how to find and use text evidence in their answers.
✏️Effective Questioning – Reading comprehension questions are rigorous and follow a research-based approach. Covers a variety of comprehension skills.
✏️Cross-Curricular – Integrates many different skills including reading, writing, social studies, speaking, listening, and helps students develop critical thinking.
✏️Anchor Chart – The included Biography Writing Anchor Chart helps students connect the passages to their own biography projects. Students can reference the anchor chart while creating their biography posters.
✏️Highly Engaging – Contains original passages with high-quality photographs designed to engage students of all levels and interests.
✏️Versitle & Self Directed – Can be used as a classroom or at-home project. Reading passages can be used throughout the year to reinforce reading comprehension skills.
Part 1: Passages
- Juliette Gordon Low (450L, 830L, 1000L)
- Mary Edwards Walker (380L, 790L, 950L)
- Marie Curie (400L, 780L, 1100L)
- Gloria Steinem (510L, 780L, 1000L)
- Annie Dodge Wauneka (430L, 780L, 1010L)
- Ellen Ochoa (500L, 770L, 940L)
- Maria Tallchief (500L, 790L, 1020L)
- Malala Yousafzai (360L, 740L, 980L)
- Helen Gibson (430L, 810L, 1030L)
- Sybil Ludington (460L, 760L, 990L)
- Anna Mae Wong (460L, 810L, 1020L)
- Anne Frank (500L, 770L, 950L)
- Sojourner Truth (490L, 850L, 1000L)
- Frida Kahlo (500L, 820L, 930L)
Part 2: Historical Figure Biography Project
- Project Description
- Anchor Chart: Biography
- Graphic Organizer
- Extension Activity
Part 3: Poster Quote Analysis
- Words of Wisdom Worksheet
- Portraits, Quotes, and Poster Elements
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