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module 4
37 Instructional days (37 hours)

Susan B. Anthony, the Suffrage Movement, and the Importance of Voting


In this module, students will read, write, and speak about the topic of voting rights and responsibilities. In the first two units, students will read informational texts that focus on the women’s suffrage movement and the leadership of New Yorker Susan B. Anthony. Specifically, they will read firsthand and secondhand accounts of her arrest and trial for voting in a time when women were outlawed from doing so. Students then read The Hope Chest by Karen Schwabach, a historical fiction novel set in the weeks leading up to the passage of the 19th Amendment. They will continue to examine the idea of leaders of change and explore the theme “making a difference” by collecting evidence on how selected characters make a difference for others.


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From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 4 ELA Module 4. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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