“She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World” by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger
This book is beautiful and oh-so-needed! It is the perfect book to empower young ladies all over and give them the courage to fight for their dreams through the wonderful examples of strong women that have come before them. It is the perfect book to help teach our sons to never underestimate girls and to always respect them and their equal potential.
It starts with a short introduction and then proceeds to give a small highlight on 13 American women who have made a difference in the world. These features cover so many heroines that include Rosa Parks, Nellie Bly, Helen Keller and many more. Each mini biography is brief, but powerful and the illustrations are lovely. I can definitely see why it is a best seller!
Mini Biography or Autobiography Inspired by “She Persisted”
While this book does cover 13, there are many more wonderful influential women in America’s history and the worlds for that matter. I thought it would be a wonderful idea for kids to have the chance to find their own example of a woman who changed the world, learn a little about them, and then share what they learned through a writing activity. I patterned the format of the writing portion after the book so that it could be used as a mentor text and added a drawing portion inspired by the gallery at the beginning and end of the book. Wouldn’t it be splendid to have a little gallery of your own in your home or classroom of amazing women?
Also, what about letting the kids feature themselves?! The purpose of this book is to inspire young people to be aware of their great potential, so why not allow them to dream a little and record a bit about themselves? Therefore, an idea I had for a spin on the above mentioned activity would be to have children do their writing assignment about themselves. Why not? Either activity would be fantastic. (And because we love boys too, for the autobiography printable I have a “he” option.)
Because this is an extension activity you can tailor it even further to your preference. I have provided free printables (for personal and educational use) below for both the autobiography and biography options. Also, another thought is that if you are doing the biography option, you could open it up to allowing the kids to feature any woman in world history. There are so many possibilities. Enjoy!
Instruction Sheet for Mini Biography: she persisted instruction sheet
Writing Sheet for Mini Biography: she persisted printable
Instruciton Sheet for Mini Autobiography (she): I Will Persist Sheet (she)
Writing Sheet for Mini Autobiography (she): I Will Persist Printable (she)
Instruciton Sheet for Mini Autobiography (he): I Will Persist Sheet (he)
Writing Sheet for Mini Biography (he): I Will Persist Printable (he)
If you give this Beyond the Book activity a try I’d love to hear how it goes! Share it on Instagram using hashtag #beyondthebook (I’m on Instagram as @book.nerd.mommy) or even just comment here with your thoughts. It would make my day! Or to simply save for later pin the image below.