Thanks to Education World for use of my Mrs. Waffenschmidt illustration.

Thanks to Education World for use of my Mrs. Waffenschmidt illustration.
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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Group Hopes to Change the Face on a Twenty Dollar Bill
Use the news to develop short activities for the beginning of the class or if there is time at the end of a class.
Possible Bell Ringer Activity I'd like to Share.

       In 2020, it will be the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment, giving women in the United States the right to vote. A group think that this would be a great opportunity to have a woman's image placed on the twenty dollar bill by this anniversary date.

Currently, Andrew Jackson's portrait is found on a $20 bill. With Jackson's policies towards Native Americans, especially the forced movement from their lands(called the Trail of Tears),with the Indian Removal Act of 1930, it is this bill's image, which Women on $20s seek to change.

The group is asking people to vote on one of fifteen women,including Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony and Eleanor Roosevelt, to be considered, as a replacement. There is also a petition asking the President to recommend that the US Treasury make such a change.

And, if you are wondering, Sacagawea, is currently honored on a dollar coin. Previously, there was a Susan B. Anthony dollar coin and Helen Keller's image can be found on one side of the 2003 Alabama quarter.

     Click here to learn more and vote on your selection for the woman you'd like to see honored:
      Which woman might you wish to see honored on a $20 bill? Why?
       Is there a woman who you'd like to see considered who is not on this list?
       Read about the Trail of Tears and write a summary. Do you think Andrew Jackson should be honored on the $20 bill?Why,why not.
Great short activity to use during Women's History Month! Students could also do a mini-research on one of the 15 suggested candidates and,then share with the class why they believe their candidate deserves to be selected on a $20 bill.

Check out my Reader's Theater Script on Eleanor Roosevelt:

Check out my Women's History Month web quest:

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