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Lesson Plans

The Learning Plans have been designed to meet the Manitoba Social Studies curriculum, with gracious input from those who design and write our provincial social studies programs. In Manitoba, Nellie McClung and the history of the Women’s movement is presently studied in Grades 4 & 6 as well as Grades 9 & 11.


Below you will find newspaper articles, definitions and a biography written at the Grade 4 level:

A Grade 4 Lesson Plan

A list of definitions related to political change brought about by Nellie McClung and other suffragists

Four newspapers articles written at a Grade 4 level illustrating the struggle and results of the Vote for Woman in Manitoba. (Note: the original articles are included as teacher resources)


This section contains a complete Grade 6 lesson looking at a struggle for the vote and the women’s suffrage movement in Manitoba, including The Person’s Case.

The mandated Grade 6 Outcome, 6-KP-046, includes the following topics:

  • Conditions faced by women in the early years of the 20th century
  • Struggle for the vote in Manitoba: Nellie McClung and the other members of the Political Equality League.
  • Roblin and the Mock Parliament
  • The election and Norris
  • The gaining of the vote for women in other provinces.
  • The Persons Case: Nellie McClung and the Famous Five Issue
  • The Contributions of Nellie McClung

Please note that the lesson outline, the strategies, and the biography are part of the lesson. All items are integrated and so should be downloaded and used together.

Lesson Outline

Highlights of Nellie McClung’s Career for Grade 6

Lesson – Resources

Nellie McClung Grade 6 Biography

Nellie McClung Lesson


Listen Think Pair Share

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Rotational Graffiti

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