Above the Fold: Newsworthy Women
This lesson plan focuses on learning about the communications
and lives of Loyalist women in the period 1783-1827 who settled in New Brunswick.
Students will be asked to identify significant events in women's lives and, from
women's perspectives, write newspaper articles using an online historic newspaper generator.
Expectations for Historical Thinking
- use several primary sources to understand the different lives of Loyalist women;
- identify significant milestones or events based on the historical evidence.
This learning activity assists students to:
- value their society's heritage;
- appreciate that there are varying perspectives on a historical issue;
- demonstrate an understanding that the interpretation of history reflects perspectives, frames of reference, and biases.
Required Knowledge and Skills
- an understanding of the concept of "historical significance;"
- an understanding of the difference between primary and secondary sources;
- an understanding of the American Revolution and the subsequent migration of Loyalists to the Atlantic Provinces in the eighteenth century.
The letters women wrote in the 1700s and 1800s are very much like mini-newspapers. In any one letter,
births, deaths, and marriages are announced and stories are told about the comings and goings of community
and family members.
In small groups, or individually, ask students to select one of the Loyalist
women featured on this website. Ask students to read the letters listed below as well
as the historical context information.
From the perspective of the women they selected, ask students to write a newspaper article describing one or more
events written about in the letter(s). Use the online newspaper generator.
Have students print their articles. Staple or bind articles together to create a class newspaper.
About the Learning Resources
Lesson plans and learning activities were developed by the Atlantic
Canada Virtual Archives' Instructional Design team,
Lisa Charlong and
Jody Polec. We welcome your
comments and suggestions.
Concepts and Grade Levels
- 2 hours (2 60-minute lessons)
- Primary source evidence
- Historical significance
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