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Tell students that they will work in small groups to investigate the perspectives and influence of the Famous 5, particularly Nellie McClung, Henrietta Muir Edwards and Louise McKinney, on women's right to vote. Each small group may be asked to focus on investigating one of the Famous 5.

Have students use the first three Readings below to look for evidence of the impact the Famous 5 had on the right to vote.

Have students use a visual organizer such as the Two-column chart to summarize their research by answering questions such as the following:

  • What were Henrietta Muir Edwards' and Louise McKinney's opinions on women's right to vote?

  • What reasons were given for not allowing women to vote?

  • How did Nellie McClung have an impact on women achieving the right to vote in Manitoba?

  • Did the vote come at the same time in each province?

  • When could women vote in federal elections?

  • What other roles did the Famous 5 play in the building of Canada's parliamentary system?

  • Which of the Famous 5 were active in politics?

  • What did they accomplish as politicians?

Students may also be asked to use Analyzing a photograph and Analyzing a Document to help them discuss and examine the sources.

Then refer each group to  The Mock Parliament of 1914, or print off these pages. This source presents Nellie McClung's description of the Manitoba Mock Parliament of 1914 from her book Purple Springs. Students may be asked to use this source in a variety of ways:

  • Have groups use the dialogue to stage a reenactment of the Mock Parliament.

  • Have groups create their own version of the Mock Parliament and enact it.

  • Have groups adapt the Mock Parliament to present a current issue.

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