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Monday, September 19, 2016

Hazel Hunkins, Billings Suffragist

Last year, we proudly announced a new lesson plan: Hazel Hunkins, Billings Suffragist, created by Billings school librarian Ruth Ferris. Since that initial launch, I had the opportunity to work with Helena High School American history teacher Kelley Edward to test the lesson. We've revised the lesson based on the feedback we received from Kelley and her students, taking what was an amazing lesson and making it that much better--and easier to use. 

The primary-source based lesson plan challenges students to analyze and contextualize historical evidence; consider how authorship, intention, and context affect meaning; and construct an argument about the contributions of Billings, Montana, high school graduate Hazel Hunkins to the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.

Everything you need to teach this four-to-six-day lesson is online. And, while supplies last, you can request a free printed and bound copy of this lesson plan by emailing MHSEducation@mt.gov, subject line: Hazel Hunkins. Make sure to include your mailing address in your email. 

This election season, remind your students how precious the right to vote is by examining the hard-fought fight for women's suffrage using Hazel Hunkins: Billings Suffragist.

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