American Revolution Women's QuiltBy Sharon Mulherin and Karen S. Poole, Rosary High School, Fullerton CA
Women have often been overlooked in history. This project gives students the opportunity to get to know significant women of the American Revolution who made a difference.
To Prepare Activity:
colored butcher paper
white paper (cut 4"X4")
colored ink pens
*You may want to have 2 student volunteers come into class a day early to cut the squares, and the day after the activity to mount the squares to the quilt.
Assign the following women of the American Revolution to groups of 3 to 4 for research:
Mercy Otis Warren Abigail Smith Adams Sarah Bradlee Fulton Elizabeth Hagger Pratt Sarah Franklin Bache "Molly Pitcher" Esther DeBerdt Reed Betsy Ross Deborah Sampson Martha Washington Margaret Corbin
Students are to document the information they learn and write an original 5 paragraph essay on their subject, typed and double-spaced. Then, on a given day, students will come into the classroom prepared to create an American Revolution Women's Quilt. Each group will create 4 squares containing at least one fact about the woman they researched. These will later be placed on the quilt by the student volunteers.
The Women's Quilt can be displayed in the classroom or library. Have your classes view the quilt, taking down a brief fact for each woman listed, and then turn it in for credit.