Learning Intention: 
  • To make connections, identify main ideas, summarise, evaluate and synthesise facts through learning conversations.
 What was the suffrage movement?
Watch this YouTube clip to help you strengthen your connection to the topic.

What do you think?

In 1892 women, men under 21, criminals and lunatics were not allowed 
to vote in parliamentary elections in New Zealand or anywhere else
 in the world. In 1893 the 'suffrage movement' changed this for all 
women in New Zealand. This was not so around the world with 
many suffragettes facing many years of struggle. 

Do you think the suffrage movement was a radical change?  
Read the texts and complete the challenges 
to help you make an informed opinion. 

Who was Kate Sheppard?

Use these links and any others you may find to help you create a DLO about this famous NZ Suffragette.

Create and Share...

 Create #1: 
  • Create a montage of images that reflect the suffragette movement in New Zealand
 Create #2:
  • Create a montage of images that reflect the suffragette movement around the world.

 Create #3:
  • Use some of the images in your montage to create a visual timeline of the suffrage movement around the world.

Was the suffrage movement a radical change?
  • Create a DLO that reflects your point of view. You will need to use these conjunctions to help you link your ideas together. 
  • Remember to justify your thinking by finding examples in any of the texts that support what you are saying.
  • Present your DLO to the class. You will need to rehearse your presentation as a group so that each person is an active participant.
  • Evaluate the feedback from your peers to help you set your next learning steps.

Making Connections:

LI: To establish prior knowledge
  • Define 'suffrage'
  • Define 'radical'
  • Define 'change'
  • Define 'vote'
  • What do you know about the suffrage movement?
  • Why did it come about?
  • What obstacles did the suffragettes face?

Click here to record your thinking


Reciprocal Reading:

  • Click here for the reciprocal reading roles
  • Click here for the link for the guiding questions that will help you form your opinion using evidence from the text.
  • Click here for the link to the 'Say It'
Main Ideas:
  • What are the main ideas of this text?

  • Use evidence in the text to support your thinking

Group Challenge:

Some people felt that a woman's place was in the home. 

These information below will help you build on what you already know by allowing you to explore this other point of view further. Click on the images to access the information.




  • Read the texts independently 
  • Each person to write 20 important words from the text 
  • Collaboratively decide which are the 6 most important words 
  • Use those 6 words to sum up the information in a few sentences
  • Click here for recording frame

What did the suffrage movement look like in other countries?

 Super Challenge:
  • Use your smart searching skills to complete the reading jigsaw to help you get to know some of the suffragettes from around the world. Come and see me so we can do this one together! - (synthesising ideas)

Finding Information

LI: To use your smart searching skills to

help you find information

  • Choose your own information source/s to help you find 3 interesting facts about the suffrage movement in NZ.
  • As a group create a collaborative flipgrid to share your information. 

Click on the image above to access 'Papers Past' to read newspaper articles that reflect what the suffrage movement was like through the eyes of the people who were there.