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Women with character who inspire – Lesson Plan
By Katie Gould, PBS NewsHour Extra Teacher Resource Producer
The month of March is Women’s History Month and Thursday, March 20 is global Character Day, so NewsHour Extra decided to combine them both to create “Women with character who inspire!” Use this lesson plan to guide students as they learn more about women with great character who inspire others. Students are then encouraged to identify an inspiring woman of character in their lives and share it with the world by participating in NewsHour Extra’s Women Who Inspire interactive student project. For details see the Student Voices page.
Character Day, Women’s History Month, gender, leadership, current events
One 45 minute class period
Middle and high school
- Women with character who inspire student handout
- Women with character who inspire profiles: Angelique Kidjo and Kerry Kennedy
Character and inspiration
First, ask students, “What does it mean to have good character?” Then ask, “What does it mean to inspire?”
Pass out the “Women with character who inspire” student handout and have them answer the questions along with the handout.
Ask students to think of three women with great character who inspire them either from today or the past and write it down. Then ask students to assess their choices by picking out the reasons they felt these women were particularly special and share their answers with a partner. Did they see any connection between the women they chose?
Now ask students to put themselves in the shoes of the women they identified as truly inspiring and ask themselves, who would be inspiring to you?
Explain to students that without always knowing it, our heroes tell us a lot about our own character and what is important to us. In the next part of the lesson plan we are going to look at the lives and work of two truly incredible women and find out which woman inspires them.
Angelique Kidjo and Kerry Kennedy
Explain to students that they are now going to learn about two examples of women who have great character and are inspiring to others.
Have students watch the video introducing Angelique Kidjo.
Before passing out her profile, have the class guess what kind of woman they think would be Angelique Kidjo’s hero? What would her character be like? What might she have fought for? What were her hero’s goals? Write your answer down on your paper.
Now watch the video introducing Kerry Kennedy.
Again, before passing out her profile, have the class guess what kind of woman they think would be Kerry Kennedy’s hero? What would her character be like? What might she have fought for? What were her hero’s goals? Write your answer down on your paper.
Now pass out both Angelique’s and Kerry’s profile and let students read their “Women Who Inspire” profiles.
Have students respond on their handout whether their guess was correct.
Last, challenge students to find the women in their life who have great character and inspires them and share it with the world by participating in PBS NewsHour’s Women Who Inspire interactive student project.
Who inspires you? In honor of Women’s History Month in March, we want to know
about the woman in history you look up to most and why. Send a photo of yourself,
a close-up photo of your hands holding a picture (or drawing) and a short blurb about
why you chose that woman to newshourextra [at] gmail.com and we may post it here!
See Extra’s Women Who Inspire page for more details.
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