University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Being Civically Minded: Women's Volunteer Groups

Recommended Grade Level(s)

  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Primary Subject Area(s)

  • History
  • Economics
  • Civics
  • Language Arts

Related Artifacts

Activity Description

Break the class into small groups and have each group read two sets of minutes from the Goldfield Women's Club Minutes Collection. Based on the reading, have each group answer a different question from the below list. Next, have groups jigsaw so each group has one member from each of the other groups. Students will compare their answers and the new groups will jointly write a report describing women's lives of the early 1900s.

  1. How likely were women to be present at all meetings? Why?
  2. What types of events were important to these women?
  3. How would the experiences of this group differ from that of a women's group today?
  4. What might be the equivalent of this organization today?
  5. How much was in their treasury and how does this compare to today's treasuries?

Upon completion of the assignment, have several presenters from local women's groups present on the same information in their current groups.

Standards Addressed

  1. History
    1. Grade 4 Standards
      1. H2.4.4: Identify the diverse population of Nevada's early settlers and discuss their unique experiences.
      2. H3.4.2: Recognize that communities include people who have diverse ethnic origins, customs, and traditions, and who make contributions to Nevada.
    2. Grades 6-8 Standards
      1. H1.[6-8].7: Explore the lure of the West and the reality of life on the frontier as it relates to communication, farming and water issues, mining, and ranching.
      2. H1.[6-8].8: Describe the contributions of immigrant groups to the emerging American culture.
      3. H2.[6-8].1: Summarize the contributions of the diverse populations of Nevada's early settlers.
      4. H2.[6-8].3: Describe how compromise and conflict among peoples contributed to political, economic, and cultural divisions.
  2. Economics
    1. Grade 4 Standards
      1. E11.4.1: Identify a for-profit and a not-for-profit organization in the community and a service each provides.
    2. Grades 6-8 Standards
      1. E9.[6-8].1: Discuss choices made by individuals including the concepts of opportunity cost and total benefit.
    3. Grades 9-12 Standards
      1. E9.[9-12].1: Analyze choices and incentive systems used by parents, teachers, employers and government using the concepts of: total benefits and opportunity costs, impact of marginal costs and marginal benefits, effectiveness.
      2. E11.[9-12].1: Identify the roles of organizations in a market\ economy, including: for-profit organization, not-for-profit organizations, labor unions.
  3. Civics
    1. Grade 4 Standards
      1. C15.4.2: Define and give examples of state and local interest groups.
      2. C15.4.3: Identify sources of information people use to form an opinion.
    2. Grades 9-12 Standards
      1. C13.[9-12].7: Analyze and evaluate the role of citizen participation in civic life.
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  4. Language Arts
    1. Grade 4 Standards
      1. 3.4.9: Use information to answer specific questions.
      2. 4.4.3: Describe sequential and/or chronological order.
      3. 5.4.2: Draft multiple paragraphs on a single topic that address audience, purpose, supporting details introduction, and conclusion.
      4. 6.4.9: Write research papers by formulating and recording questions, identifying and collecting information, recording information from sources, paraphrasing and summarizing information, organizing collected information, documenting sources.
      5. 7.4.5: With assistance, focus attention to solve problems by identifying, synthesizing, and evaluating data.
      6. 8.4.3: Communicate information by maintaining a clear focus, following a logical sequence, and illustrating information with media aids.
    2. Grade 7 Standards
      1. 3.7.9: Use information to answer specific questions.
      2. 5.7.2: Draft multiple paragraphs on a single topic that address audience, purpose, supporting details, introduction, conclusion, and transitions.
      3. 6.7.9: Write research papers by choosing and narrowing a research topic, locating and collecting information from primary and secondary resources, recording information, paraphrasing and summarizing information, organizing collected information, documenting source.
      4. 7.7.5: Focus attention to solve problems by identifying, synthesizing, and evaluating data.
      5. 8.7.3: Communicate information by maintaining a clear focus, following a logical sequence, and illustrating information with media aids.
    3. Grade 12 Standards
      1. 4.12.4: Make inferences about an author's culture and historical viewpoints.
      2. 5.12.2: Draft multiple paragraphs on a single topic that address audience, purpose, supporting details, introduction, conclusion, and transitions.
      3. 6.12.9: Write research papers by choosing and narrowing a research topic, locating and collecting information from primary and secondary resources recording information, paraphrasing and summarizing information, organizing collected information, documenting source.
      4. 7.12.5: Actively listen to oral communications.
 

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