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A Writing Root for Suffragette, The Battle for Equality

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KS: Upper KS2

Year Group: Year 6

Literary Theme: Enterprise & Activism

Author(s): David Roberts

"Brought history to life. Generated debate and impassioned writing. My class became radicalised - fighting for women's rights - especially the boys!"

Rebecca Dowsett, Year 6, Sacred Heart Catholic Voluntary Academy.


Formal letters, diary entries, balanced arguments, speeches, short news report

Main Outcome:

Persuasive campaign


10 sessions, 2 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a two-week Writing Root using the book Suffragette: The Battle for Equality, which was written by David Roberts and published in 2018 to mark the anniversary of women receiving the vote. It is an illustrated information book which works chronologically through the history of suffrage, though in this sequence of learning we focus on some key events and use these to eventually plan our own campaign for a law that should be changed somewhere.

Synopsis of Text:

An exquisitely illustrated history of the women's suffrage movement, created by the New York Times-bestselling David Roberts and introduced by BBC presenter Lauren Laverne.

The year 2018 marks a century since the first women won the vote in the United Kingdom, and Suffragette tells the story of their fight. This is a tale of astounding bravery, ingenuity and strength.

David's writing is accessible and his artwork full of rich detail, bringing to life the many vivid characters of the women's suffrage movement – from the militant activist and wheelchair user Rosa May Billinghurst to the world-famous Emmeline Pankhurst, Millicent Fawcett and Emily Wilding Davison.

Covering the whole range of female and male suffragist experiences – from aristocrats to the middle and working class as well as a look at the global struggle for universal suffrage, Suffragette: The Battle for Equality makes a fantastic introduction to a fascinating topic. David Roberts' exquisite artwork and clear, exceptionally well-researched text make this the perfect gift.

This 128 page book is fully colour illustrated on every page, and has been completed with advice from June Purvis, Emeritus Professor of Women's and Gender History at the University of Portsmouth.

Text Rationale:

This narrative non-fiction book by David Roberts offers fascinating insights into the complex history of the Suffragette movement, looking beyond the stereotypes to include working-class women and diverse stories from around the world.  With strong historical links, children will develop analytical skills and explore ideas around comradeship, courage and protest. 

Links and Themes:

Feminism, women's suffrage, Emmeline Pankhurst, votes for women, protest

Date written: October 2018

A Spelling Seed is available for Suffragette, The Battle for Equality.

Spelling Seed Overview:


This is a two-session spelling seed for the book Suffragette: The Battle for Equality by David Roberts.  Below is the coverage from Appendix 1 of the National Curriculum 2014.

Spelling Seeds have been designed to complement Writing Roots by providing weekly, contextualised sequences of sessions for the teaching of spelling that include open-ended investigations and opportunities to practise and apply within meaningful and purposeful contexts, linked (where relevant) to other areas of the curriculum and a suggestion of how to extend the investigation into home learning.

There is a Spelling Seed session for every week of the associated Writing Root.


Word List Words

communicate, community, controversy. government, identity, prejudice

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Endings which sound like /ʃəl/(–cial or –tial)

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A Home Learning Branch is available for Suffragette, The Battle for Equality.

Home Learning Branch Overview:

This is a Home Learning Branch for Suffragette: The Battle for Equality.  These branches are designed to support home learners to access literature-based learning using a selection of books we love from Writing Roots.  They include purposeful writing suggestions, links to the wider curriculum so that texts can be used across other subjects, key questions as well as spelling or phonics investigations.

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