Grade 3-5, 6-8
On-Demand Webinar

Women’s History Month: Using the “She Persisted” Series to Teach Economics and Personal Finance

Time: 60 mins ,
Presenter: Lynne Stover


In this webinar teachers will:

  • Celebrate Woman’s History Month by introducing students to the “She Persisted” chapter book biography series. [Oprah Winfrey, Patsy Mink, Marian Anderson, Sonia Sotomayor]
  • Consider the benefits of using children’s literature to teach in the content areas.
  • Review the economic concepts of poverty, scarcity, human resources, and opportunity cost.
  • Discover methods for teaching the featured concepts using lessons created for the upper elementary and middle school classrooms.
  • Review a multi-disciplinary biography unit’s enrichment and extension activities.

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With ever expanding titles, the “She Persisted” chapter book series will likely include a biography of someone that every student should be able to relate to. Patsy Mink’s struggles to get accepted into schools, Marion Anderson’s quest to help her family financially, and Oprah Winfrey’s entrepreneurial spirit, all describe women who worked hard to achieve success in a society that often devalued their talents and work ethic. This session includes classroom ready lessons based on specific titles as well as activities that could be used in a class biography unit. It is to be noted that most of the women featured in this series were born into poverty, dealt with discrimination, and valued education.