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Extraordinary Women from U.S. History: Readers Theatre for grades 4-8

Bring the women who shaped American history to life in the classroom! Each script embraces an event or portion of these famous women’s lives, and illustrates the contribution that the women made in shaping history in politics, art, sports and medicine. Readers Theatre format empowers students to focus on learning about historical events of the women’s lives and bringing those events to life in the classroom. Each play includes a background, presentation suggestions, listing of characters, and follow-up activities. The nine women included are: Harriet Tubman, Sacagawea, Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Earhart, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Eleanor Roosevelt, Nellie Bly, Babe Didrikson Zaharias and Elizabeth Blackwell.

Publisher: Libraries Unlimited

“This outstanding resource developed by Chari Smith combines the creativity of the classroom teacher with the details of the historian.”

National Women’s History Project


“This fascinating book of famous historical women helped my students gain a better understanding and new perspective on historical events. These women came to life for the students as they acted out the scenes, and engaged them in a way textbooks and documentaries could never do.”

Kirsten Parrott, 7th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher, Jackson Middle School, Portland, Oregon

"This teaching resource allows you to bring nine famous historical women to your classroom. Their contributions in the fields of politics, art, sports and medicine are enacted in nine short plays." 

Skipping Stones Magazine

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