The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 2

Notes and Lesson Plans

50 Fearless Women
updated April 3, 2021


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50 Fearless Women
for Class 2



Rationale

This Cultural block was a bit unusual. We did the traditional block of the Saints with a mixed second/third grade class in October but then did "Fearless Women from U.S. History" for our Virtuous People side of things.

I got the idea because I taught this block in a mixed age homeschool co-op, and the fifth graders did U.S. Presidents in October (2020 being an election year). I then had both groups hear stories about Fearless Women in March (when fifth grade had N. Amer. Geography). It was a very balancing experience, since they had both done so many male figures from history in October.


Books to Buy

I am basing this block on 50 Fearless Women Who Made American History by Jenifer Bazzit.


And if you have a wonderful idea for a woman who would be a great fit for this list, email Renee!

This block could obviously also be taught in 7th & 8th grade, when U.S. History is studied and with a particular emphasis on biographies.


List of Stories & Activities

We can't study all 50 women in this book, of course. Here is the complete list of biographies.

Some of the resources I suggest would be better for doing this study in the older grades; I'm going to list everything here for simplicity's sake and you can decide what makes sense for your child.


Pocahontas, p.1
(ca. 1597 - 1617)


Anne Hutchinson, p.4


Mercy Otis Warren, p.7


Phillis Wheatley, p.10
(ca. 1753 - 1784)


Deborah Sampson, p.13
(1760 - 1827)


Abigail Adams, p.16


Sacagawea, p.19
(ca. 1788 - 1812)


Lucretia Mott, p.22


Sojourner Truth, p.25


Dorothea Dix, p.28


Harriet Beecher Stowe, p.31


Elizabeth Cady Stanton, p.34


Susan B. Anthony, p.37
(1820 - 1906)


Harriet Tubman, p.40
(ca. 1820 - 1913)


Clara Barton, p.43


Elizabeth Blackwell, p.46


Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, p.49
(1837 - 1930)


Victoria Woodhull, p.52


Queen Lili'uokalani, p.55
(1838 - 1917)


Frances Willard, p.58


Jane Addams, p.61
(1860 - 1935)


Ida B. Wells, p.64


Nellie Bly, p.67
(1864 - 1922)


Clara Lemlich, p.70


Helen Keller, p.73
(1880 - 1968)


Emily Greene Balch, p.76


Georgia O'Keeffe, p.79
(1887 - 1986)


Eleanor Roosevelt, p.82


Amelia Earhart, p.85


Clare Boothe Luce, p.88


Grace Hopper, p.91


Rachel Carson, p.94
(1907 - 1964)


Virginia Apgar, p.97
(1909 - 1974)

    Thu, Mar 25 and Fri, Mar 26


    Crescendo

    by Paola Quintavalle

    Apgar score article
    U.S. National Library of Medicine


Rosa Parks, p.100


Marguerite Higgins, p.103


Maria Tallchief, p.106
1925 - 2013


Coretta Scott King, p.109


Muriel Siebert, p.112


Maya Angelou, p.115


Dolores Huerta, p.118
(1930 - )


Sandra Day O'Connor, p.121


Gloria Steinem, p.124


Barbara Jordan, p.127


Marian Wright Edelman, p.130


Billie Jean King, p.133


Sally Ride, p.136


Oprah Winfrey, p.139


Sonia Sotomayor, p.142
(1954 - )


Maya Lin, p.145


Mary Bonauto, p.148


Of course, we could also add in Kamala Harris, first woman vice president of the United States!


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