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Using the Primary Resources Associated with the Virginia Women in History Program
The Library of Virginia hopes that the Virginia Women in History program can be a part of your classroom curriculum. Each honoree’s page features a concise biography along with images and a related primary source document. These tools can help your students sharpen their analytical skills as they learn about and interpret the lives and contributions of each honoree.

These level-appropriate primary-source analysis sheets can be used with any primary source.

ATTACK the Source (Elementary)

You are CLEVER enough to examine a historical source (Middle)

Historical Source Analysis Sheet (Middle)

Historical Source Analysis Sheet (High)

Guiding Questions
Drawing from the biographies and supporting materials of three of the honorees, develop an investigative process that summarizes their accomplishments and provides students with information that they can use in a summary discussion.

  • Which three women faced the most challenges to their achievements? Why do you think their obstacles were greater? Consider factors such as an honoree’s race or socio-economic class.
  • How do you think these women perceive their accomplishments? Is it within the sphere of what was expected of women during the era in which they lived?  Is it against the grain of women’s roles? What is your evidence? Would they agree with your perception of their accomplishments?
  • Do modern honorees have as many obstacles to face as historic ones? Why or why not? Use specific examples from the sources and outside historic knowledge.
  • Compare the sources of information for the three women. Were they intended for a wider audience? How do we know what we know about the women? Do the sources come from the women themselves?

Create a Bulletin-Board Display Using the 2013 Virginia Women in History Honorees
Are you looking for an easy Women's History Month display for your classroom or library? This PDF package has everything you need to create an attractive and informative display featuring the eight 2013 Virginia Women in History honorees, including images and captions. Just click to download, print, and post the pages on a bulletin board in your class, library, or office. Bulletin-Board PDF

Don't Forget Next Year!
We want to partner with your class and let your students nominate an outstanding African American man or woman from Virginia for the Strong Men & Women in Virginia History program or Virginia Women in History program. We are offering an award to a school and teacher that submit a successful nomination for the programs. If your nominee is chosen, the nominating teacher will be eligible to win $250 toward school supplies, along with a complimentary three-volume set of the Dictionary of Virginia Biography (a $120 value) and other Library of Virginia publications for the school library. The teacher will also be recognized at the Strong Men & Women or Virginia Women in History receptions. Honoree Nomination.