Heart on Fire: Susan B. Anthony Votes for President

By Ann Malaspina, illustrated by Steve James

On November 5, 1872, Susan B. Anthony made history--and broke the law--when she voted in the U.S. presidential election, a privilege that had been reserved for men. She was arrested, tried, and found guilty: “The greatest outrage History every witnessed,” she wrote in her journal. It wasn't until 1920 that women were granted the right to vote, but the civil rights victory would not have been possible without Susan B. Anthony's leadership and passion to stand up for what was right. 

Here are sample extension activities that teachers or parents could use in coordination with "Heart on Fire" created for beginner, intermediate, or advanced level participants. These lesson plans were created by Mary Nolin, an experienced teacher and program manager for the Connections adult literacy program.


"My goal always as a teacher is to have students connect with the material on a personal level first, which I tried to reflect in these activities, and then return to the essential questions of the book," says Mary.

Lesson Plans:


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For questions or ideas for your learners, please contact Mary Nolin, Connections Program Manager, at mnolin@nhhumanities.org.