Author: Tanya Lee Stone
Illustrator: Rebecca Gibbon
Grade Level: 3 - 5
Element 4: Social Movement and Social Change
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Summary: Elizabeth Leads the Way is the story about Elizabeth Cady Stanton and how she advocated for women's rights. Ever since she was a little girl all she heard was how life was easier for boys and men. Elizabeth decided that she was going to do anything a boy could do. Elizabeth voiced her ideas, stood up for what she believed was right and this allowed women to the right to vote and changed America forever.
Element 4: This is a perfect book to introduce social movement and change to students because what Elizabeth Cady Stanton did changed our country forever. She was a brave woman who was not afraid to let her ideas be heard. She spoke her opinions aloud even though people didn't have the same amount of respect for women as they did for men. If Elizabeth never stood up for what she believed was right women in America may not have ever got the chance to vote. Elizabeth not only changed the laws she also made the people of our country understand that women are just as important as men and could do anything a man could.
Classroom Ideas: This book introduces the students to large vocabulary such as preposterous, abolitionist, declaration and independence. This book would fit into a lesson about elections and women's rights. Other ideas that a teacher could do with the students after reading this book is have them come up with their own "Declaration of Rights and Sentiment" and have them fight for something they strongly believe in. The students can then share their ideas with each other by presenting to the class or with a gallery walk.
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