Close Menu

Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less: The First Amendment and the Women’s Suffrage Movement

Explore how the suffragists embraced the First Amendment as a tool to help achieve passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920.

Show details +

The Tools to Persuade

SUMMARY: Students use examples from the pro- and anti-suffrage movements to dissect the persuasive techniques used to shape public opinion then and now.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle and high school

TIME: 60 minutes

MATERIALS: Persuasion Techniques worksheet (download), Internet access


  1. Make copies of the worksheet, one per student.
  2. Review the example worksheet at the end of this packet. You may wish to distribute it to your students, as well.
  3. Share the link to the Women’s Suffrage Media Map with your students, or project it on the board.

Placing images behind a login wall allows us to negotiate lower copyright costs and ensures that we keep all NewseumED resources free for the education community.

Sign in for full access.

Don’t have premium access? It’s free. All you have to do is register.


Overview PDF DOC
Worksheets PDF DOC
Extensions PDF DOC
Full Packet PDF DOC

To request a large print or Braille version, call 202.292.6650.


(Note: For more support, see expanded procedure in downloadable lesson plan.)

  1. Students review tools of persuasion, then chart which of those tools are used in an artifact chosen from NewseumED’s Women’s Suffrage Media Map.
  2. Students discuss the effects of these techniques on the women’s suffrage debate.
  3. Students discuss what persuasive techniques are used in today’s media and how, and compare and contrast them with examples of persuasive materials from the suffrage debate.
+ More


Have students present their findings. Prompts include:

  • How do today’s persuasive messages look the same as those from the suffrage debate? How are they different?How do you explain the similarities and differences?
  • Look at a specific technique. How are the ways that the pro- or anti-suffrage authors used this technique the same and different from the ways that the modern-day examples use the technique? How do you explain the similarities and differences?
  • What additional persuasive techniques do the modern-day media have available to them due to technological developments?
  • Why is it important to understand the tools and influence of persuasive messages? What impact do they have on our lives today?
+ More

Sign in for full access to this Lesson.

Don’t have an account?

Our lessons contain copyrighted material, so registration is required. Signing up is simple and free.

Find more lessons

We’ve narrowed down your choices based on this lesson. To see more options, browse all lessons.

Special Thanks

This content was made possible by

This content was recommended by

Other lessons like this one

EDTools like this one

EDClasses & Training related to this lesson

  • Newseum Learning Center

    Fighting Fake News — Educators Workshop

    Arm your students with the skills they need to strike a balance between cynic and sucker as they navigate a media landscape where real and fake sometimes look all too similar.

    This class is for:

    • Educators
  • Online and/or Newseum Learning Center

    Navigating NewseumED

    In this hands-on introduction to our website, you'll learn how to find primary sources, videos, lessons and interactives to support your learning objectives in the classroom or on a field trip.

    This class is for:

    • Educators

EDClasses & Training

Request a class or workshop to get personalized instruction from Newseum Education staff.


Dive into specially curated collections of primary sources and lessons on civil rights, women's suffrage and more.


Respond to breaking news and find new ways to teach standard topics with tips from NewseumED staff.

  • The primary and secondary resources are totally awesome!”

    Hassan Mims Social Studies, Grades 9-12
  • The Newseum is a unique experience. It connects real world events to the heart of each individual.”

    Jane Peterson English, Grade 8
  • All the content from NewseumED is high quality and fully accessible for my students. That makes it invaluable!”

    Shay Taylor Education Technology Specialist, Grades 9-12 and college