Lesson Plan

Who Was Dorothy Pitman Hughes?

This lesson plan teaches students about Dorothy Pitman Hughes, a black human rights activist, feminist, and child-care advocate. First, students will read a short passage, and then they will answer questions about important details from the text. Created for first graders and second graders, this engaging lesson helps build students' vocabulary and informational writing skills.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to recall information from experiences to answer a question.
  • Students will be able to gather information from provided sources to answer a question.


(5 minutes)
Learning About Dorothy Pitman Hughes
  • Bring the students together to a comfortable area.
  • Project the famous picture of Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes on the whiteboard.
  • Ask the students to turn and talk, sharing one thing they notice or are wondering about the picture or the people in the picture.
  • Allow a few students to share out their ideas.
  • Explain to the students that the photograph is of two very important activists from the women's rights and civil rights movements. Elaborate that both movements sought to create a better, equal world for everyone.
  • Write Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes on the whiteboard.
  • Explain to the students that today, to learn more about black history and black change-agents, they will learn about Dorothy Pitman Hughes by reading a short passage about her. Reinforce that today's lesson only skims the surface of important information about this incredible leader.