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The Seneca Falls Convention, held in Seneca Falls New Yourk was the first women's rights convention held in the United States.  This lesson analyzes the development of the women's suffrage movment, including the Seneca Falls Convention, and the ideals of Suzan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth.


Students will build on their prior knowledge of social reform and the women’s movement in the United States during the 1800’s.  

Pedagogical Approach

The lesson was designed with a multimodal approach and combined relevant aspects of several learning theories and frameworks. I developed this course using College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards, Cognitivism, Bloom's Taxonomy, and Gagne's Nine Events of Instruction. I also acknowledge that students have different learning preferences, and I aim to teach to the students' strengths by relying on a variety of pedagogical techniques, delivery approaches, and media. Furthermore, this plan aligns with Gagne's Nine Events of Instruction. Finally, I referred to the ASSURE Instructional Design model to design this course.I embedded discussion questions and collaborative projects based on the "community of inquiry" model for online learning environments. The Community of Inquiry model emphasizes the cognitive, social, and teaching aspects of learning. I structured this lesson to meet the social, emotional, and cognitive needs of student learning.

Learning Outcomes

The students will know: The ideals of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth.

The students will understand: The significance of the Seneca Falls Convention

The students will be able to: Analyze the development of the woman’s suffrage movement, including the Seneca Falls Convention, and the ideals of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth.


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Small group discussion

Entire class discussion


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Course Resources

  • Bell Ringer: The Process of Amending the Constitution
    National Archives Curator Jennifer Johnson talks about the process of amending the Constitution.
  • Women's Suffrage and the 19th Amendment
    Kristen Gwinn-Becker, historical consultant for the National Women’s History Museum, talked about the 19th Amendment and... More
  • Women's Rights before Suffrage
    Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor talked about women's rights and the origins of the Women's Suffrage Movement... More
  • Women's Suffrage before the 19th Amendment
    Women's Suffrage prior to 1919 at the state level is discussed.
  • American and British Suffrage Movements
    Historian Johanna Neuman talked about the evolution of and interactions between American and British suffrage movements.
  • African-Americans and the Women's Suffrage Movement
    Professor Gloria Browne-Marshall talked about the struggle of black women to obtain voting rights.
  • Woman's Suffrage Timeline
    Woman's Suffrage Timeline.
  • Our Century! Living Tennessee’s History of the Ratification
    The State of Tennessee will commemorate its role in the Ratification of the 19th Amendment, which occurred 100 years ago... More
  • Sound Smart About the 19th Amendment
    Sound Smart About the 19th Amendment.
  • New analysis shows costs of gender wage gap in TN
    The National Partnership for Women & Families finds that women employed full time, year-round in Tennessee are typically... More
  • Fight for the Vote
    Fight for the Vote (External link)
    In 1920, women in the U.S. gained the right to vote - but only after a struggle that lasted more than 70 years! Learn... More
  • Seneca Falls, New York Virtual Tour
    Virtual tour with narration, created with Google Tour Creator. Please ensure to enable the sound on the site.
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton (External link)
    Her life in Seneca Falls.
  • The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Papers
    Miscellany, 1840-1946; National Woman's Party's celebration of the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, 1923.
  • Susan B. Anthony
    Susan B. Anthony (External link)
    Early life and abolitionist movement.
  • Kerry Washington reads Sojourner Truth
  • Sojourner Truth
    Sojourner Truth (External link)
  • National History Day: Sojourner Truth
    National History Day: Sojourner Truth
  • What Happened at the Seneca Falls Convention?
    Learn about the movement for women's equality that precipitated the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, and what its... More
  • Susan B. Anthony CBS
    Susan B. Anthony CBS (External link)
    Susan B. Anthony was a teacher, a speaker and an American civil rights leader who fought for rights for African... More
  • Lucretia Mott
    Lucretia Mott (External link)