Agatha Christie – WoW

I started this lesson by showing them the trailer to the movie, “Murder on the Orient Express”. 

I then explain that the author who originally wrote the book was a very famous writer and we read the story inside  Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls.


I also show them two videos on YouTube about her life. 1 and 2.

My kids were doing Narrative writing at the time so I had them design a murder mystery plot using the 5W’s 1H.

Have a look at our other Woman of the Week.

Virginia Hall (WW2 badass spy)- WoW

In the years before World War II, Hall tried to break into the American Foreign Service but was denied due to her gender as well as a leg injury. She eventually worked for British intelligence during the war and eventually was allowed to join the OSS, the forerunner of the CIA.

SHE HID DOCUMENTS IN HER LEG!! The Limping Lady, Virginia Hall, was the most successful spy in history.

I read the comic book strip from the Rejected Princess website and showed the infographic video,  she shot off her leg and became the best spy ever.  Here is a news report on her. And if you have time here is another YouTube video.

With this lesson, I also decided to have a spy week. They each had to give themselves spy code names and then we did these awards for the week.

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Leave the award on the seat of one pupil at the start of the day or lesson. It is fun to leave it in a manila envelope with ‘TOP SECRET’ written on it! They open the envelope and read their secret mission:
‘Notice somebody doing something great’
They watch their peers closely and award it to somebody by completing the certificate. The winner gets a certificate to take home. I also upped the “spy” factor by making them guess who was the student that spied on them for the day.

Here is the link to all the images I used, the Special Agent Award and the computer desktop I created.

You can find the other Woman of the Week (WoW) here.

The entry for Virginia Hall in the Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls book.



Bette Nesmith Graham (invented whiteout)- WoW

Recently I bought a new book. Girls Think of Everything, Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women

So this week we looked at Besse Nesmith Graham who invented whiteout (or as we call it in South Africa Tipp-Ex).

I started the lesson by introducing my kids to the history of typewriters. Many of them had no idea what exactly a typewriter was. I then continued by reading the story in the book. You can download these photos bigger here.

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After reading the story I showed them this YouTube video about her and this one.

I also told them about how Whiteout helped create The Monkees. We watched this YouTube video.

Here is the pic I made for the desktop.

Find more Woman of the Week here.

Images and resources I use for WoW.


This is what the wall looks like. I found many of these pictures online.

You can find the Google Doc with the pics to print here.

The postcards I got with Good Night Stories box set but you can buy them here. They also have posters and other merchandise to buy.

I also have up quotes from Mandela on postcards.

In the middle, I feature whatever “WoW” we are doing.

I use a wonderful website called Rejected Princesses. It is a series of illustrations of women whose stories wouldn’t make the cut for animated kids’ movies, illustrated in a contemporary animation style. In 2016, it became a book – and in 2018, there will be a second!

Additionally, the site regularly adds profiles of “Modern Worthies” – women from living memory who would also not make the cut.

Lastly, there’s a regularly-updated blog featuring items related to non-conforming women, art, and peculiar bits of history.

I have also gotten women from the book, Girls Think of Everything; Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women. 

And I have the box set of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.

To see the full list of “WoW” go here.

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