#CelebrateWithDE – International Women’s Day

In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8 and Women’s History Month, we celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women through the lens of language and authorship.

With the Discovery Education resources below, celebrate the female voice and perspective while examining the significant contributions of women to the progressive use of language, groundbreaking new thoughts, ideas, and genres, and promoting social change and activism through words and publishing.

Featured Resources

Jane_AustenPride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Jane Austen’s witty, elegantly structured satirical fiction like Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma, presented the quiet, day-to-day country life of the upper-middle-class English. Her sensitivity to universal patterns of human behavior has prompted many critics to regard Austen as one of the greatest of all novelists.
Mary_ShelleyProphets of Science Fiction: Mary Shelley
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 9-12, Full Video

In 1816, teenager Mary begins stitching together a patchwork of ancient legend, modern technology, and personal tragedy–giving life to her novel, Frankenstein, and the genre of science fiction.
Louisa_May_AlcottLouisa May Alcott Writes Little Women
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Characterized by the intimate depiction of family life and loyalties, Louisa May Alcott wrote one of the first real depictions of women in her popular novel, Little Women.
Rachel_CarsonRachel Carson’s The Silent Spring
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook, Science Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

With its proclamations that pesticides are dangerous, some heralded Rachel Carson’s The Silent Spring as an agent of change to which the public should lend strong credence, while others, especially leaders in the industry, attempted to discredit and undermine her arguments. Largely because of the stir caused by Carson’s book, the Federal Council for Science and Technology launched an evaluation of pesticides.
Harper_LeeLearning Guide: Harper Lee
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 9-12, Learning Guide

Harper Lee wrote a book that has brought hope and tolerance to countless numbers of people. To Kill A Mockingbird, a story of social injustice, morals, and growing up in the Depression-era South, has become one of the most successful and beloved novels in American history.
Maya_Angelou_at_the_International_Radio_and_TV_AwardsMaya Angelou Content Collection
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Content Collection

Maya Angelou was a writer who drew from the African American storytelling tradition, weaving humor, wisdom, and folk sayings into her writing. Her works, like I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, celebrate womanhood, the human spirit, and the will to overcome hardship.
Judy_BlumeJudy Blume
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Judy Blume changed children’s literature by writing openly and with sensitivity about issues facing young people, including racial prejudice, growth and development, divorce, and social ostracism.
JK_RowlingWhat’s So Good about JK Rowling?
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 3-5, Full Video

In the world of Harry Potter, JK Rowling treads the line between reality and imagination, deals uncompromisingly with fear and darkness, and makes gripping page-turners that can’t be put down.
Sylvia_PlathWomen Writers in Contemporary Literature
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

As social change took place, women found their voices in new literature. Adrienne Rich’s poetry in free verse dealt with the plight of women. Alice Walker was affected by both the civil rights movement and the women’s movement. Her novel The Color Purple has echoed through decades. Gwendolyn Brooks’ poetry, and Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar are both representative of women’s struggles against sexism. Other women writers were Maxine Hong Kingston and Nikki Giovanni.

SOSSpotlight on Strategies: Paper Chat
All Services
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Use SOS: Paper Chat to have students respond to essential questions about these authors, such as: How does learning more about life events and historic context help us understand an author’s purpose and point of view? Student peers should elaborate on ideas as they think critically and communicate when the chat is passed.


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