Lesson Plan: Female Guerrillas
Topic: Social Study
Time: 1 hour
In this lesson plan students will be able to challenge and defend assumptions about gender roles, and their role in history. Students will need internet access to complete a web search activity. This lesson plan is structured around the “5 E Method”: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate. Information on “The Female Faces of the Philippine Guerrillas” can be found through Pacific Atrocities Education or the book Philippines' Resistance: The Last Allied Stronghold in the Pacific.
Students will answer the following questions based on the image provided. This will touch on students’ previous knowledge of gender roles and power dynamics.
Students will be given background on Female Phillippine Guerrillas, including Nieves Fernandez (the woman in the picture) and Maria Rosa Henson.
Students will share and discuss their work either as a class or in groups.
Focusing on representation, have students consider how gender plays a part in how history is told. Have students consider how giving more or less representation to a certain group may change how we view that group.
Students will use reflective questions to consider the impacts of gender on historical narrative.