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World Leaders in Women's History

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Overview / What is a Biography? / Step One: Research / Step Two: Organize / Step Three: Rough Draft /

Step Four: Editing / Step Five: Final Draft / Step Six: Publishing / Online Biographies / Student Handouts / Teacher Resources]

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You are going to be a newspaper reporter.  You will read about a woman hero from the SHEroes section of the local newspaper, "The Watertown Daily Times."  While reading you will highlight the answers to key questions that good reporters must answer: who, what, where, when, and why? After, you will be assigned a women hero and write a newspaper article about this famous woman.  The article, will consist of a biography (life story), quote, picture, and interesting facts that you learned about this person.  It will be published using MSPubisher and will look like a real newspaper.

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"The Watertown Daily Time: Newspapers in Education"

  • Survey the newspaper article.

  • Read about the women SHEroes in the newspaper.

  • Highlight the answers to a reporter's questions: who, what, where, when, why and how.

  • Circle any words you do not know.



Step One: Research

Begin by selecting a woman hero that is of interest to you.  You may research using classroom encyclopedias, LACS Library resources, and Internet resources listed below.  Once you have selected a SHEroe, follow the steps below:

  • Read about the woman of your choice. 

  • Gather facts about the highlights of the woman's life using source cards and index cards.

  • Answer the questions who, what, where, when, why and how.

  • If you are lucky, you will find a few primary documents (personal letters, etc) here.

  • Find a fact or quote.

  • Find a picture.

  • Make sure you cite sources  (text and photos).



Step Two: Organize Notes

Select relevant information from your notes, which should include the highlights of her life.  You should present facts in chronological order.  It is important to begin your article with a hook (interesting fact or quote). Make sure you answer a reporter's major questions:

  • Who is she?

  • When did she live?

  • Where did she live?

  • Why is she famous?

  • What impact has she had on our lives today?

  • How is she different from other women?

  • Title your article?



Step Three: Rough Draft

  • Begin with hooking your reader (interesting fact or quote).

  • Answer the 5 reporter questions right away--FACTS only!

  • Conclude with the impact that your heroine has had on the world.

* Note: make sure you skip every other line in a rough draft.



Step Four: Editing

  • Exchange your article with at least 2 other students for peer editing.

  • Use editing symbols.

  • Edit for Ideas (Do all ideas stick to the topic?).

  • Edit for Sentence Fluency (vary sentence length and structure).

  • Edit for Conventions (spelling, grammar, punctuation).

  • Edit for Voice (Does your personality show?).



Step Five: Final Draft
  • Make all revisions and edits to your article.

  • Whisper read your article.



Step Six: Publishing

You can use the student interactive tool, Read Write Think Printing Press.  Scroll through the list of student tools and click on the "Read Write Think Printing Press" to begin the interactive program. The program will take you through the step-by-step process.  Include all the information required and print your article when finished.






(Listed by Names)

Biographies of Notable Women

(Index of all women by name & the categories listed below)

Distinguished Women Of the Past & Present

(Listed by Category)

(Listed by Category)

  • Abigail Adams

  • Jane Addams

  • Susan B. Anthony

  • Jane Austen

  • Clara Barton

  • Elizabeth Blackwell

  • Marie Curie

  • Dorothy Dandridge

  • Amelia Earhart

  • Queen Elizabeth I

  • Anne Frank

  • Indira Gandhi

  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman

  • Martha Graham

  • Sarah Angelina Grimke

  • Sally Hemings

  • Helen Hunt Jackson

  • Joan of Arc

  • Barbara Jordan

  • Coretta Scott King

  • Murasaki Shikibu

  • Florence nightingale

  • Georgia O'Keefe

  • Jeannette Rankin

  • Eleanor Roosevelt

  • Nellie Taylor Ross

  • Margaret Sanger

  • Mother Teresa

  • Nancy Ward

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder

  • Mary Wollstonecraft

  • Virginia Woolf

  • Babe Didrikson Zaharias



  • Activism & Social Service

  • Adventure & Exploration

  • Agriculture & Horticulture

  • Anthropology

  • Archeology

  • Architecture & Interior Design

  • Art

  • Astronomy

  • Aviation and Space

  • Biology

  • Black History Month

  • Broadcasting & Journalism

  • Business & Finance

  • Chemistry

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Engineering

  • Environment

  • Geology

  • Government & Politics

  • Health & Medicine

  • History

  • Human Rights

  • Inventions

  • Labor Relations

  • Law

  • Literature

  • Math

  • Meteorology

  • Military

  • Music

  • Philosophy

  • Physics

  • Sociology

  • Sports

  • Veterinary

  • Other

  • Actresses

  • Adventurers

  • Artists

  • Athletes

  • Businesswomen

  • Comedians

  • Congresswomen

  • Educators

  • Literary Figures

  • Medial Figures

  • Musicians and Dancers

  • Reformers and Activists

  • Scientists

  • Women in Government

  • Women's Hall of Fame

  • World Leaders







Web Resources Newspaper


Web Resources Notable Women



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