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Famous Five Drama Circle | Paper

Famous Five Drama Circle | Paper

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The Famous Five (or Valiant Five). Louise McKinney, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Emily Murphy, Irene Parlby and Nellie McClung were a group of women who challenged Canadian laws and had women declared persons in the famous Persons Case of 1929.

This resource is included in our Social Studies Drama Circle Bundle! 

Drama circles are similar to readers' theatre activities where students read small sections of text. They encourage listening and reading fluency. Best of all, they require only moments to prepare, but students are engaged and learning for an hour or more.

This engaging activity includes:

  • directions on how to run a drama circle.
  • a teacher quick guide.
  • a set of 40 cards (in colour and ink-saving versions).
  • a set of discussion questions to do after the drama activity.
  • a variety of reading difficulties and amounts of text on the cards so you can differentiate easily for your students.
  • a few blank cards if you need to change the language on a card.

If you teach in Alberta, be aware this resource was written for the old Social Studies Program of Studies. It has not been reviewed or adjusted for the new Alberta social studies curriculum which is being piloted in the 2024-25 school year. To learn about how we plan to address the changes, visit our site

This activity aligns with:

  • Alberta Program of Studies for most of Division 2 and 3

This activity supports:

  • any lesson about historic women, the women's movement in Canada, Women's History Month or International Women's Day.
  • any Canadian history lesson.

Ninja Note: This resource requires downloading the PDF, printing the cards, and cutting them apart before beginning the activity.

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