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Women's History Month in French and Spanish classes

March 7, 2023

March is Women’s History Month, and we have the BEST resource for language teachers looking to celebrate amazing women in their language classes!

We have paperless, printable, projectable, multi-version biographical texts about 31 inspiring women from throughout history that represent many different cultures and career fields.

Here are 10 ways to use our Women's History Month resource with your language classes!

1. You Pick

Have each student choose ONE woman to read about each week in March. They read the text and answer the comprehension questions. Done! 

2. Campanada

Start class every day during Women’s History Month (er, the remaining days…) by featuring the biography of one woman at the start of class during your Campanada or bell ringer activity.

3. Bilingual announcements

Show the school how awesome your program is by asking for student volunteers from your class to read a one-sentence description of 1 woman in both Spanish or French AND English (if it is the primary language at your school) on the announcements. 

4. A text a day

Go hardcore and assign one text per day to all students! Go less hardcore and make it a challenge.

5. Free choice reading

Drop all the texts in your class library and let students choose to read them or not based on their interest!

6. Compare versions

Pick a biography (or let students pick) and give the class both the simple and the standard (more complex) version of the text. Have them read both and highlight or write out any details that were in the more complex text but not the simple one!

7. Smash Doodle™

Have students create a freestyle Smash Doodle™about one or more women after reading about them, or allow them to work from our free templates (they’re in the subscriber library!). 

8. Bulletin board

Ugh, making bulletin boards is the worst! But, if you do, might as well milk it—send students on a scavenger hunt to find the name of a woman that matches descriptions on a list (ex: is a scientist, lived in the 1800’s, etc.).

9. Group work

Do this once each week in March. Split students into groups of 4-5 students and have each student in the group read ONE biography. Each student chooses 5 sentences from their text to create a super short summary, and group members read aloud their summaries to each other.

10. Storytelling

Pick several biographies that will be most interesting to your classes. On a few different days throughout the month, tell the story of a woman you want to highlight. As you tell her life story, draw pictures on the board to help students track and understand.

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