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  • Arts & Humanities
    Language Arts
  • Social Studies
    Current Events, History (U.S.)


  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

Students research remarkable women of today, write a biography about one of those women, and create a trivia game using facts from the women's lives.


Students will

  • search online/print newspapers and magazines for the names of women in the news today,
  • research one of those women and write a biography about her,
  • write trivia questions based on her accomplishments.


women's history, United States, current events, trivia, biography, women, game

Materials Needed

  • computer or print newspapers and news magazines
  • online/print biographical resources
  • index cards

Lesson Plan

  • Provide students with a list of reputable online news websites or print newspapers and news magazines and ask them to find the names of women making news today. Encourage students to continue and extend their search at home.
  • Have each student select one of those woman newsmakers, research her life using print and/or online resources, and write a brief biography about her.
  • Tell students that as they do the research for their biographies, they should also write on index cards one sentence about a few of that woman's most noteworthy accomplishments. Tell them to be sure to write the name of the woman (and their own initials) on the back of each card.
  • Collect the cards and use them to conduct a women's history bee. Read to the class the accomplishment cited on each index card and challenge students to identify the woman connected with each accomplishment. (Students cannot answer questions about the woman whose biography they selected!) Award a predetermined number of points to students who identify a woman and to those whose index cards stump their classmates.


Evaluated students on their class participation, their biographies, and the appropriateness of their trivia questions.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Linda Starr

Return to the Women's History lesson plan page.


Last updated 2/17/2017