Wixie makes it easy to create Women's History Month projects! Combine text, images, and voice narration to create projects like trading cards, presentations, comics, thank you notes, and more. Use the following ideas to inspire student work this month.
Write a thank you note to a woman who inspires you
Ask students to show gratitude for a pioneering woman by writing a friendly letter or thank you message to them.
Students can easily write and design their message starting from a blank page and or use one of the stationery designs from the Backgrounds folder in the Library. If you want to add a bit of structure, you can assign a template, such as the Friendly Letter, found in the Activities library.
Celebrate poetry written by women
Not only is March Women’s History Month, March 21st is World Poetry Day. Combine these two events to celebrate poetry written by women like Progress by Rupi Kaur or Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou.
Have students create simple illustrations to accompany their favorite poem or develop a multi-page visual poem that combines images, music, and voice narration.
Create a poetry gallery to showcase female poets, printing illuminated poems and projecting visual poetry. You can do this at school or reach out to local community organizations or coffee shops to see if they would be willing to display the poetry. Host a special event where students can showcase their work, talk about other poems and even read their favorites aloud.
Raise awareness of unsung female heroes
Most of your learners will have a collection of some type of trading card at home. You have probably even seen some of your students trading them at school. Capitalize on their interest and familiarity with this real world product and ask them to help you create a classroom set of trading cards highlighting women who have contributed to history, but who may not be mentioned in history books.
Making trading cards in Wixie is easy. When students are logged in to Wixie, they simply click the Templates tab at their Projects panel to find and open several different trading card designs.
You can ask each student to create a trading card for a single woman and print it at trading card size. Wixie will even print multiple copies onto the same piece of paper so students can cut apart their own card and trade with friends for a more active learning experience.
Publish an ABC book to celebrate achievements of women
The best way to learn something is to teach it to others. Ask your students to create an ABC eBook to teach younger learners about important people, places and events in women’s history.
Depending on the age of your students and how much time you have, ask each student to contribute a single page, or assign the entire project to a small group. You can assign the ABC Book template to individual students or use the Project Manager to assign your student Team for the ability to collaborate in real-time.
To assess their learning, have students share their page or completed book with the rest of your class, sharing the information they included and why they chose these elements as most important.
Print the book, or books, and have students read select pages to a younger reading buddy or to students in another class. Share printed books with a local library, community organization, or even local museum. You can also share digital versions of the project as PDFs, eBooks, or slide shows you embed on your web site.
Nominate a woman for the next Google Doodle
After researching important women in history, have students create a persuasive presentation to nominate a woman they have researched to be the focus of a future Google Doodle. You might organize their presentation using the criteria for inductee's from The National Women’s Hall of Fame:
- Biographical information,
- Contribution to development of the United States,
- Global impact,
- Enduring value of their achievements.
Students can use the Take Notes templates available to them from the Templates tab of their Wixie Projects panel. They can also start Wixie projects from scratch to create the pages for their presentation, adding images, text, and voice narration to make their case.
Have students share their presentations with other students. As candidates are presented, ask students to evaluate the nominees. If you have standout applications, work together to edit and improve and then submit the work by emailing their project URL to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also utilize student work to create a classroom or school Women’s Hall of Fame. Invite parents, community members, and any local female heroes you have researched for an afternoon or evening celebration.
Happy Women's History Month!