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New Lesson Plan: WWI on the Home Front: Women in the Workplace

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Published on Mon, 03/28/2016

[caption id="attachment_9179" align="alignright" width="300"]Women working in ordnance plants during WWI. Women took on traditionally male work roles during the war. Women working in ordnance plants during WWI. Women took on traditionally male work roles during the war.[/caption] Produced during the National Endowment for Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop – Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry, in the summer of 2015, the following lesson plan explores the domestic role of Women during World War I. Through the careful examination of Library of Congress primary source documents and secondary source materials, students will understand the social, economic, and political impact WWI had on women and vice versa. The Library of Congress Primary Source Analysis Tool is used as the primary means for organizing primary source higher order thoughts and to fuel further class discussion. Ultimately, students will use their findings to produce a thesis and address future Document-Based Questions. View more details, and download or access the lesson plan online. Emerging America brings this lesson to you thanks to the outstanding primary sources and materials provided by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Karen Albano

History eNews Editor, Emerging America
Karen Albano began working with the Emerging America program in 2015. She is currently the editor of the weekly History eNews, and has contributed to many facets of the Emerging America program, including developing curriculum, improving the accessibility of the website to educators, and overseeing social media outreach.