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Lesson Plan: Relationships Between Individuals

Subject:  ELA- Reading

Grade: 5

Lesson Objective: To determine the relationship between two suffragettes by reading a text about both individuals

Common Core StandardCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.3-   Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.




  • Why do you think it is important to understand the relationship between two historical people? (Allow the students to answer.)



  • We can learn a lot from reading.  It is important to read text that you enjoy, but also to read about history.
  • Reading about history helps us to understand the events that have happened in the past. 
  • When we read about history and understand how and why things happened, we can try to make sure that those things do not happen again.
  • Learning about the relationships that people had helps us to understand the people and how they interacted.
  • Sometimes we are able to learn about the relationships between people by reading stories that were written about them and sometimes we are able to learn about the relationships by reading something that the people themselves wrote.
  • When you are learning about two people, understanding their relationship can help you to understand how they accomplished what they did, why they had conflicts and what they did to move forward.
  • Now, you are going to read about two women who were suffragettes.  While you are reading, think about how the women interact and what their relationship may be.  Then, you are going to answer the questions.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share their answers?  (Allow the students to share and go over the answers.)

Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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