Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan to Accompany Video:  Bad Romance: Woman’s Suffrage

Alice Paul and suffragists in a car during a suffrage parade.  ca. 1910 -15.
Alice Paul and suffragists. ca. 1910 -15.
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The 19th amendment to the Constitution gave all women of legal age the right to vote. This lesson plan will explore the various means of non-violent protests used by Alice Paul and the National Women’s Party (NWP).  It will address such ideas as the Silent Sentinels at the White House, and the imprisonment of suffragists for their protest activities. This lesson plan is an accompaniment to the video Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage.


The teacher should have a good understanding of Alice Paul, Lucy Burns and the National Women's Party, the 19th amendment to the Constitution, and the struggle for its ratification.


video Bad Romance.


Step 1. Have your class watch the video Bad Romance: Women's Suffrage. Research Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, and the National Women's Party.

Step 2. Research other Civil Rights Movements in US history. Have your class write an essay that compares and contrasts the themes and tactics used by each.


Step 3. Lead a class discussion on the video, the NWP and the struggle for the 19th amendment.

            Were their tactics more effective than those used by other groups fighting for women's



Step 4. Have your class view the posters in Activity 2, and have them answer the questions in the

           activity in a short essay.

Park Connections

One of the rights called for in the Declaration of Sentiments at the Seneca Falls Convention was access to the elective franchise for women, or the right to vote.The NWP carried on this struggle in its fight for the 19th amendment.


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