Classroom Lesson Series  

 Using Women's Words


Here are suggestions on ways to use the sometimes
provocative quotes provided on the Words of Wisdom page.

 Students chose a quote that appeals to them. Either orally or in writing, they answer these questions: Who was this woman? When and where did she (or they) live? Do you know anything about her? What is it you like about the quote? Does it tell us anything about the woman's personality? What? Does it tell us anything about the period she lived in? What?

 On posters or card stock, place the quotes around room, one per week. Students task is to write a response paragraph to the quote. Do they agree or disagree?

 Research the historic context of the quote. Example: Who was Boadaceia? What happened to cause her to rail against "Roman lust?"

 Do some gender and class analysis. For each quote, or selected quotes, ask: Could a man have said this? Why or why not? A slave? A peasant?

If you feel that only a female could have said this, give your reason why.

Select some quotes by men and analyze them in the same way.

 Find other quotes from women in history using sources such as these:

Jennifer S. Uglow, ed., The International Dictionary of Women's Biography, Continuum Publications.

Elaine Partnow, ed., The Quotable Woman, Pinnacle Books.

Ruth Ashby and Deborah Ohrn, Herstory: Women Who Changed the World, Viking Press, 1995.

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