Teachers Room

Access to the upstairs Research Library can be reserved in advance. All website materials are available to the public.

Elementary Resources, by Jane Tretler

Lesson Plan by Jane Tretler
Library Media Specialist
East Syracuse-Minoa School District, N.Y.

The Social Studies focus for 4th grade is New York State, so Gage is an ideal connection. Gage’s fascinating life gives 4th graders the opportunity to be exposed to important strands of New York State history that were also Gage’s life’s work:
– Local History
– The Underground Railroad
– Women’s Rights
– Native Americans (Haudenosaunee)
– Religious Freedom
– Local Author of – Local Author of The Wizard of Oz, Frank L. Baum (Gage’s son in law)

Middle/High School Lesson Plan, by Diana Green

Clothes Make the Person


1. Clothes make statements about ourselves
2. Clothes are influenced by Fashion, what society says is “in” for the times
3. People often change their clothes to change how people perceive them
4. Women in the 19th C had few rights & when they tried to change their status in society, they also experimented with changing their clothes

High School Lesson Plans, by Joanne Sassi-Willcox

Matilda and Abolition high school lesson plan

1.   The brutality of slavery
2.   Differing opinions on the institution of slavery
3.   Abolitionist movement and reaction in the North and the South
4.   Role of Women in the Abolitionist Movement
5.   Causes of the Civil War
6.   The role of the Gage family in the Underground Railroad
7.   Slavery today/Human Trafficking

Matilda and Separation high school lesson plan


1.  Religious Persecution
2.  Development of separation of church and state
3.  Rise of Religious Fundamentalism
4.  Present Day controversies on the role of Religion and Government

High School Resources, by Andy Reed

Webquest Women’s Suffrage and the 20th Century

The Declaration of Sentiments listed a number of grievances women had against our patriarchal society. Many suffragists had gathered together during tea parties to discuss the many ways society was treating women as social inferiors to men. One solution many women felt would advance their cause was the vote. The Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 was organized to advance the cause of women’s rights. The 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, was passed as a result of the efforts of several suffragists including Matilda Joslyn Gage, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and Alice Paul to name a few.

Curriculum Project Field Trip Proposal
Woman’s Suffrage and the Underground Railroad

This project is designed to teach the history of the early suffragist and abolitionist movement. The Unit objectives will focus on both well-known figures in the movement and those who have been written out of the history textbook. Students will be able to make connections to these progressive reformers by visiting local historical sites.
New York State Standards: Standard 1- Key ideas 1, 2, 3 , 4


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