Smithsonian

Lesson Plan:

Patriot Women

By Meletta Eulane Mellon

Introduction

When most Americans recall what they learned in school about the American Revolution, the names of patriots such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Paul Revere easily come to mind. Many Americans have no idea of the important contributions that women made during this time in our history. Women such as Martha Washington, Deborah Sampson Gannett, and Sybil Ludington were an important part of this nation’s fight for freedom.

National Standards (National Center for History in the Classroom, 1996)

Grades K-12
This lesson addresses Topic 3 (History of the United States), Standard 4 (How democratic values to be, and how they have been exemplified by people, events, and symbols). Under Historical Thinking it addresses Standard 2 (Historical Comprehension) and Standard 3 (Historical Analysis and Interpretation).

Time Frame

One 50-minute period