Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Eleanor Roosevelt and Women's Issues
Terry Goodhart
Time Frame:
50 minutes
Women's History

Grade Levels:
9, 10, 11, 12

Classroom/Homework Activity to be performed:

Students will compare and contrast women’s issues of two time periods


Eleanor Roosevelt was a leader in women’s issues.  We will be electing another President in 2016.  Women’s issues are always up for debate. The students will compare and contrast women’s issues of Eleanor Roosevelt’s period and current women’s issues of today.

District, state, or national performance and knowledge standards/goals/skills met:

CCSS. ELA-Literacy. RH.9-101 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending such features as the date and origin of the information.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy, RH.9-10-2 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source:  provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

Rh.9-1-.3 Analyze in detail a series of events described in the text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

Secondary materials (book, article, video documentary, etc.) needed:

Biography of Eleanor Roosevelt


Primary materials (book, article, video documentary, etc.) needed:


Full description of activity or assignment.

Students will be given examples of advice columns from the newspaper. Eleanor Roosevelt wrote a column called “My Day” exploring many issues of the day.  Using the internet students will go to http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/primary-resources/eleanor-women/ and read primary source documents of the “My Day” column.

Using a graphic organize,r students will identify two women’s issues and explore how are they alike and how are they different, then and now.

Full explanation of the assessment method and/or scoring guide:

Assessment will be determined by a compare and contrast scoring rubric.