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Women's Suffrage WebQuest

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 HSP’s online resources allows students and teachers to examine and analyze a variety of different historical documents including historical newspapers, books, pamphlets, manuscripts, photographs, maps, artwork, archived videos and audio records.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.


19th century

20th century

Government and civics



Big Ideas

US History

Essential Questions

How has social disagreement and collaboration been beneficial to American society?

What role does analysis have in historical construction?


  • Conflict and cooperation among social groups, organizations, and nation-states are critical to comprehending society in the United States. Domestic instability, ethnic and racial relations, labor relation, immigration, and wars and revolutions are examples of social disagreement and collaboration.

  • Historical skills (organizing information chronologically, explaining historical issues, locating sources and investigate materials, synthesizing and evaluating evidence, and developing arguments and interpretations based on evidence) are used by an analytical thinker to create a historical construction


  • Summarize how conflict and compromise in United States history impact contemporary society.

  • Contrast how a historically important issue in the United States was resolved and compare what techniques and decisions may be applied today.

  • Analyze the interaction of cultural, economic, geographic, political, and social relations for a specific time and place.

End of Unit Assessment

There are three rubrics provided for this WebQuest to allow for assessment at the individual and group work levels and for different products:  the Individual Article, the Group Newspaper, and the Editorial.


Plans in this Unit

Women's Suffrage WebQuest

Grade Level

High School


Standards/Eligible Content



1.4.12 B + C

1.5.12 A + B



1.9.12 A + B

PA Core Standards

CC.8.5.11-12.I  CC.8.5.11-12.G  CC.8.5.11-12.F   CC.8.6.11-12.G.

About the Author

This WebQuest was conceived and created by HSP intern Lisa Costello as part of her class requirements at the University of Rutgers-Camden.


Preserving American Freedom

Subject Guide

Women's History Resources

Unit Plan

Pennsylvania Women and the Quest for Women's Suffrage

Unit Plan

Women's Rights

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