Susan B. Anthony Lesson Plan: The History of Women’s Rights

Submitted by: Angela Watson

Grade Levels: K-3

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-3, students use BrainPOP Jr. resources to explore the main ideas in the Susan B. Anthony movie. Students then select, write, and illustrate five events that occurred during Susan B. Anthony’s life. They will also compare how women’s rights have changed over time.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:

  1. Identify the main ideas in the Susan B. Anthony movie
  2. Select, write, and illustrate five events that occurred during Susan B. Anthony's life
  3. Compare how women's rights have changed over time



Preview the movie and activities to familiarize yourself with their content.

Lesson Procedure:

  1. Pass out copies of the mini book activity. Students should think about what they learned in the movie and during the sequence activity, and write five main ideas from the movie in their mini-books (one on each page.) Students may illustrate when done.
  2. Display the sequence game which identifies five major events that occurred during Susan B. Anthony's life. Talk about these events with children and ask them which cards should go in which order and why. Encourage students to articulate which each event was a main event during Susan's life.
  3. Inform students that the movie will include several vocabulary terms that might be new to them. Show the word wall and discuss the terms with the class.
  4. Play the Susan B. Anthony movie. You may want to play the movie twice, pausing to facilitate discussion during the second screening.
  5. Show the mini book activity to students to set their purpose for learning. Explain that students will learn about an important historical figure named Susan B. Anthony and will need to recall 5 of the main ideas from the BrainPOP Jr. movie about her life.

Extension Activity:

Encourage students to respond to the Write About It prompt and discuss additional issues that they think are worth fighting for. As you explore other important women in history, you may want to have students use the Talk About It venn diagram to compare Susan B. Anthony to another important champion for women's rights. It may also be appropriate to show the BrainPOP movie Women's Suffrage to further extend students' knowledge of how women achieved the right to vote.