Teacher & Youth Sections

" Almost at once I began to discover that interest leads to interest, knowledge leads to more knowledge, the capacity for understanding grows with the effort to understand."

---Eleanor Roosevelt


 Lesson Plans and Ideas for Teachers

Grades: K-12

Subjects: Geography, Language Arts, Social Studies, Media, Environmental Studies, Humanities, Sociology

Interdisciplinary Lesson Plans for the classroom.

• Creating lessons for students to share observations, informational data and historical information relating to them individually, in their classroom with fellow students, and also community wide. 
• The lesson plans and website links below can provide a doorway into the world of Eleanor Roosevelt and her drive for human rights worldwide.
• Students and teachers can research the history and cultural significance of selected subject areas and create their own historical narratives.
• Students will learn about the discovery of a female American hero: Eleanor Roosevelt.
• Resources/ Materials needed: pen/paper and internet access to download website links and articles.
Important Websites and Links:

Perform an advanced search on WorldCat, the global catalog of library collections that lets you find what you want in a library near you.

On-line access to The Scholarly Journal Archive

Emerald Management Xtra is the largest, most comprehensive collection of peer reviewed management journals and online support for librarians, faculty, researchers and deans. Featuring:
• Access to 175 Fulltext Journals
• Reviews from the top 300 management journals
Copac includes details of materials held in libraries throughout the UK, plus Trinity College Dublin Library in Ireland. Copac includes the catalogues of all the UK National Libraries, a wide range of major University libraries, as well as specialist collections such as the National Art Library (V&A Museum).

The Library of Congress website: An American Memory of Eleanor Roosevelt

Women's Trade Union League- Eleanor Roosevelt was a member of this active group

Eleanor's Speeches

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum Website: Hyde Park, New York


Universities with Human Rights Education info for teachers – a short selection

Columbia University, New York City, New York ; www.columbia.edu/cu/humanrights
Established in 1978 at Columbia University, the Center for the Study of Human Rights is committed to three core goals of providing excellent human rights education to Columbia students, fostering innovative interdisciplinary academic research, and offering its expertise in capacity building to human rights leaders, organizations, and universities around the world.

University of Oslo,  Norway
The Norwegian Centre for Human Rights - NCHR - is an independent national human rights institution, a centre for national and international research on human rights, a centre which promotes rights-based development and a centre for human rights education. The NCHR is a centre within the University of Oslo, Norway

University of Pretoria, South Africa

University of Berkley, California

BOOKS on Eleanor Roosevelt

Asbell, Bernard, ed.  Mother and Daughter: The Letters of Eleanor and Anna Roosevelt . Coward, McCann and Geoghegan, 1982.

Ayres, Alex, ed.  The Wit and Wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt, an A-Z Compendium of Quotations . Meridian, 1996.

Beasley, Maurine, ed.  Eleanor Roosevelt and the Media: A Public Quest for Self-fulfillment . University of Illinois Press, 1987.
---------------  White House Press Conferences of Eleanor Roosevelt . Garland, 1983.

Beasley, Maurine, et. al.  The Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia . Greenwood Press, 2001.

Berger, Jason.  A New Deal for the World: Eleanor Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy . Columbia University Press, 1981.

Black, Allida M.  What I Hope to Leave Behind: The Essential Essays of Eleanor Roosevelt . Carlson Publishing, 1995.
---------------  Casting Her Own Shadow: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Shaping of Postwar Liberalism . Columbia University Press, 1996.
---------------  Courage in a Dangerous World: the Political Writings of Eleanor Roosevelt . Columbia University Press, 1999.

Black, Ruby. Eleanor Roosevelt, a Biography . Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1940.

Burns, James MacGregor.  The Three Roosevelts: Patrician Leaders Who Transformed America . Atlantic Monthly Press, 2001.

Butturff, Dorothy Dow.  Eleanor Roosevelt: An Eager Spirit: The Letters of Dorothy Dow, 1933-1945 . W.W. Norton, 1984.

Caroli, Betty B.  The Roosevelt Women: A Portrait in Five Generations . Basic Books, 1998.

Chadakoff, Rochelle, ed. Eleanor Roosevelt's My Day 3 vol . Pharos Books, 1989-1991.

Cohen, Robert.   Dear Mrs. Roosevelt: Letters from Children of the Great Depression . University of North Carolina Press, 2002.

Cook, Blanche Wiesen  Eleanor Roosevelt, vol. one, 1884-1933 . Viking, 1992. Eleanor Roosevelt, vol. two, 1933-1938 . Viking, 1999.

Curtis, Sandra R.  Alice and Eleanor: A Contrast in Style and Purpose . Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1994.

Davis, Kenneth S.  Invincible Summer: An Intimate Portrait of the Roosevelts . Atheneum, 1974.

Donn, Linda.  The Roosevelt Cousins: Growing Up Together, 1882-1924 . Random House, 2001.

Douglas, Helen G.  The Eleanor Roosevelt We Remember . Hill and Wang, 1963.

Eaton, Jeannette.  The Story of Eleanor Roosevelt . Morrow, 1956.

Edens, John, ed.  Eleanor Roosevelt: A Comprehensive Bibliography . Greenwood Press, 1994.

Felmion, Jess and O'Connor, Colleen. Eleanor Roosevelt: An American Journey . San Diego University Press, 1987.

Gerber, Robin. Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way . Prentice Hall Press, 2002.

Glendon, Mary Ann. A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights . Random House, 2001.

Goodwin, Doris Kearns.  No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II . Simon & Schuster, 1994.

Gurewitsch, A. David.  Eleanor Roosevelt: Her Day; a Personal Album . Quandrangle, 1974.

Gurewitsch, Edna Perkel.Kindred Souls: The Friendship of Eleanor Roosevelt and David Gurewitsch . St. Martin's Press, 2002.

Hareven, Tamara K. Eleanor Roosevelt: An American Conscience . Quadrangle Books, 1968.

Harrity, Richard. Eleanor Roosevelt: Her Life in Pictures . Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1958.
Hershan, Stella K. The Candles She Lit . Praeger, 1993.

---------------  A Woman of Quality. Crown Publishers, 1970.

Hickok, Lorena. Eleanor Roosevelt, Reluctant First Lady . Dodd, Mead, 1980.

Hoff-Wilson, Joan and Lightman, Marjorie, eds.  Without Precedent: The Life and Career of Eleanor Roosevelt . Indiana University Press, 1984.

Kearney, James  Anna Eleanor Roosevelt; the Evolution of a Reformer . Houghton Mifflin, 1968.

Klein, Jonas. Beloved Island: Franklin & Eleanor and the Legacy of Campobello . Paul S. Erikson, 2000.

Knapp, Sally. Eleanor Roosevelt, a Biography . Crowell Co., 1949.

Lash, Joseph P.  Eleanor and Franklin; the Story of Their Relationship . Norton,1971.
---------------  Eleanor: The Years Alone . Norton, 1972.
---------------  Eleanor Roosevelt; a Friend's Memoir . Doubleday, 1964.
---------------  Life Was Meant to Be Lived: A Centenary Portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt . Norton, 1984.
---------------  Love, Eleanor: Eleanor Roosevelt and Her Friends . Doubleday, 1982.
---------------  A World of Love: Eleanor Roosevelt and Her Friends, 1943-1962 . Doubleday, 1984.

Lerman, Rhoda.  Eleanor: A Novel . Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1979.

Levy, William Turner.  The Extraordinary Mrs. R.: A Friend Remembers Eleanor Roosevelt . John Wiley, 1999.

MacLeish, Archibald.  The Eleanor Roosevelt Story. Houghton Mifflin, 1965.

Miringoff, Marque-Luisa. Eleanor Roosevelt: Women and Work; Considerations for the 1980's . Eleanor Roosevelt 's Val-Kill, 1981.

Myers, R. David.  First Lady: A Bibliography of Selected Materials By and About Eleanor Roosevelt . Library of Congress, 1984.

Neal, Steve, ed.  Eleanor and Harry: The Correspondence of Eleanor Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman . Scribner, 2002.

Nesbitt, Victoria.  White House Diary . Doubleday, 1948.

Purcell, Sarah J.  The Life and Work of Eleanor Roosevelt . Alpha, 2002.

Roosevelt, David B.  Grandmère; A Personal History of Eleanor Roosevelt . Warner Books, 2002.

Roosevelt, Elliott.  Eleanor Roosevelt, With Love: A Centenary Remembrance . Dutton, 1984.
---------------  Mother R.: Eleanor Roosevelt's Untold Story . Putnam, 1977.
---------------  A Rendezvous with Destiny: The Roosevelts of the White House . Putnam, 1975.
---------------  An Untold Story; the Roosevelts of Hyde Park . Putnam & Sons, 1973.

Roosevelt, James.  My Parents: A Differing View . Playboy Press, 1976.

Sandifer, Irene R.  Mrs. Roosevelt As We Knew Her . Sandifer, 1975.

Scharf, Lois.  Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady of American Liberalism . Twayne Publishers, 1987.
Schlup, Leonard C. and Whisenhunt, Donald W.  It Seems to Me: Selected Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt . University Press of Kentucky, 2001

Somerville, Mollie D.  Eleanor Roosevelt As I Knew Her . EPM Publications, 1996.

Steinberg, Alfred.  Mrs. R., the Life of Eleanor Roosevelt . Putnam, 1958.

Streitmatter, Rodger, ed.  Empty Without You: The Intimate Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok . Free Press, 1998.
U.S. Congress. House.  Memorial Addresses in the House of Representatives, Together with Tributes on the Life and Ideals of Anna Eleanor Roosevelt . G.P.O., 1966.

Ware, Susan.  Beyond Suffrage, Women in the New Deal . Harvard University Press, 1981.
---------------  Letter to the World: Seven Women Who Shaped the American Century. Norton, 1998.

Youngs, J. William T.  Eleanor Roosevelt: A Personal and Public Life . Little, Brown, 1985.


  • Human Rights Education

     The Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Workshop for Girls

    One of Eleanor Roosevelt’s greatest legacies was her interest in promoting human rights and women’s involvement in social justice. She was keenly aware that children, particularly young girls, needed extra encouragement to not only participate, but to take leadership roles in social change.

    It was therefore fitting, that the Eleanor Roosevelt Val Kill organization (ERVK), a non-profit, non-partisan NGO, sponsors a unique leadership program for young girls with Eleanor Roosevelt as the inspiration.

    There are two workshop sessions given every summer at Val Kill, Eleanor Roosevelt’s
    personal retreat located near Hyde Park, New York.   Begun in 1997, the program was designed for 30 girls each session, between the ages of 14 and 16, who are not only good students but girls who have already shown an interest in community service and in promoting social justice.

    The 9 days are filled with seminars, interactive workshops and field trips which include a visit to the UN Headquarters in New York.  The sessions are taught by talented women practitioners who serve as role models and mentors stressing empowerment and developing leadership skills in the next generation of activists. This program is a wonderful ongoing tribute to Eleanor Roosevelt and her ideals. 

    For more information about the program, see the website at www.ervk.org/glw