This WebQuest provides structure to a historical investigation of the Women’s Suffrage Movement by using the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s primary sources. HSP’s online resources allows students and teachers to examine and analyze a variety of different historical documents including historical newspapers, books, pamphlets, manuscripts, photographs, maps, artwork, archived videos and audio records. Students will conduct historical research by using HSP’s Digital Library, online catalog Discover, browse different online exhibits, and digital history projects. The goal of this WebQuest is for students and teachers to become familiar with HSP’s digital database as well as how conduct historical research through analyzing historical material.
The WebQuest itself provides structure to an investigation that actively engages students in learning about the women’s suffrage movement through creating viable tasks. This WebQuest is a cooperative learning activity, requiring students to take on roles as journalists. Students will become part of a newspaper team in order to accomplish the task. Their newspaper is to be an accurate historical account that illustrates individual perspectives on the movement and its outcomes. The newspaper aims to influence the American public and government to support the passage of an equal voting rights bill. This WebQuest unit provides students with the Internet and print resources they need for completing the task and a rubric for evaluating learning.