Women's History: Dirt On Their Skirts

Unit Overview

"Baseball has given me joy, though I had to really fight to get it. I'd like to see the next generation of girls get the joy - without the fight."

- Ballplayer Julie Croteau, 2006

"Take me out to the ballgame," sang Katie Casey in the famous baseball anthem. Katie was not alone. Women and girls have always loved and played the game and have worked hard to fulfill their baseball dreams. In this unit, students will analyze milestones and events in the history of women and girls in baseball to determine how their achievements led to greater opportunities for all.

About the Curriculum

 
All of the lessons and activities that you will find below have been prepared to accompany "Women's History: Dirt on Their Skirts." You will find that the curriculum is organized into three levels: Level 1 for elementary school students, Level 2 for middle school students, and Level 3 for high school students. Feel free to pick and choose lessons from multiple levels if you feel that your students are ready for a challenge or would benefit from a review.

Within each level you will find both pre-visit lessons and post-visit lessons. We strongly encourage you to use these materials before your visit or videoconference. We've found that students understand and learn so much more if they are prepared before their Hall of Fame experience.

Click on the links to view Adobe Acrobat documents, which you can easily print or save for later use. All lessons are aligned with Common Core State Standards.

Level 1 - Rookie


Elementary Level Overview & Table of Contents
Lesson 1 (Pre-Visit) Baseball Is a Girl Thing
Lesson 2 (Pre-Visit) Meet the All-American Girls 
Lesson 3 (Pre-Visit) The All-American Girls Hit the Road
Lesson 4 On-Site Visit - or - Videoconference
Lesson 5 (Post-Visit) Honoring Women Who Played

Level 2 - Intermediate


Intermediate Level Overview & Table of Contents
Lesson 1 (Pre-Visit) In the Front Office: Female Executives
Lesson 2 (Pre-Visit) On the Field: The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Lesson 3 (Pre-Visit) In the Press Box: Female Reporters
Lesson 4 On-Site Visit - or - Videoconference
Lesson 5 (Post-Visit) Honoring Women Who Played

Level 3 - Advanced


Advanced Level Overview & Table of Contents
Lesson 1 (Pre-Visit) In the Front Office: Female Executives
Lesson 2 (Pre-Visit) On the Field: The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Lesson 3 (Pre-Visit) In the Press Box: Female Reporters
Lesson 4 On-Site Visit - or - Videoconference
Lesson 5 (Post-Visit) Women Breaking Barriers: Title IX

 

Interested in Additional Resources?

On the Recommended Reading list below, you’ll find resources that were compiled to aid parents, teachers, and students in learning more about Women in Baseball.

Recommended Reading for Women's History