By Martha Arrizon, member of NJEA Women in Education Committee

The Bill of Rights Institute (BRI) is a non-profit organization. “It is the goal of the Institute to help the next generation understand the freedom and opportunity the Constitution offers.” As such, the intent of the BRI is to provide a free collaborative or self-directed social studies platform where teachers are offered a plethora of planning and preparation tools to aid in:

  • Designing coherent instruction
  • Setting instructional outcomes
  • Designing student assessments

Of particular interest, as we celebrate the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gives women the right to vote, is the unit on Votes for Women. “Votes for Women: The Story of the Nineteenth Amendment guides students through the story of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States.” The overview of the entire unit is organized chronologically and it is very user friendly. Each section has an all-encompassing lesson plan which can be shared via social media, downloaded or printed, making it a versatile synchronous and asynchronous resource.

The full website can be viewed here. Use this link to access the Educator platform. Click here to view the Votes for Women unit.


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