Louisa May Alcott was known for writing Little Women, a novel loosely based on her childhood experiences with her three sisters. She wrote many poems, short stories, thrillers, and plays using multiple pen names. Some of her plays were presented in Boston playhouses.
Born - November 29, 1832
Died - March 6, 1888
Activities, Lesson Plans, and More
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- M—Middle (4th-6th)
- O—Older (7th-12th)
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Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House
Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, home of Little Women, is a historic house museum owned and operated by the Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association. If you can’t visit in person, the Orchard House website has tons of educational materials, profiles on Louisa May Alcott’s family, a virtual tour, and other resources.
The Woman Behind Little Women
A 13-minute clip of a PBS documentary on the life of Louisa May Alcott.
The Woman Behind Little Women: Lesson Plan
Lesson plan and activities designed to accompany the PBS Documentary Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, available at most libraries. For grades 6-12.
Louisa May Alcott: Her Life, Her Times, and Her Literature
A unit study from Yale University that focuses on how Louisa May Alcott's family upbringing shaped her writing. The article shows how she had a tendency to write characters based on her own relatives.
Portraits Visual and Written
“The lessons in the Smithsonian In Your Classroom introduce students to the life and work of an American author, Louisa May Alcott, through four sources: A portrait from the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery,, a commemorative stamp from the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum, a piece of autobiographical writing, and an abridged passage from a novel.”
Louisa May Alcott Activities and Lessons
Collection of K-12 lesson plans, web links, and texts of Louisa May Alcott from Read Write Think
Louisa May Alcott Biography
A brief overview of Louisa May Alcott's life and work from Notable Biographies.
Little Women - About the Author
A short biography from the American Studies department at the University of Virginia.
Louisa May Alcott Biography
A brief biography from Famous People on the life and works of Louisa May Alcott. Includes major career milestones and awards.
An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott, 1881
Return to the perspective of giving thanks from a time before television, telephones, and the internet to keep us connected with the rest of the world.
Louisa May Alcott (Video)
“Historian Marie Walker presents a free livestream about Louisa May Alcott, author of the popular Little Women series. Learn about the autobiographical influences of Louisa May Alcott, her writing career, and the development of the Little Women books.” From North East Georgia History Center.
Louisa May Alcott Teaching Resources
Teaching Books has a large collection of resources on Louisa May Alcott, including interviews and blogs. It also contains teaching resources for the works by the author with activities, discussion guides, and audio readings.
Louis May Alcott Collected Works and Biography
A biography on the author and a collection of her full works. Includes her books, novellas, short stories, and poems as well a short letter on her favorite books.
Louis May Alcott eBooks
Fifty of Louis May Alcott's books and stories are available for free on the Project Gutenberg website. You can download the books in multiple formats or read in-browser.
Great Lives: Louisa May Alcott
BBC radio program discussing Louisa May Alcott.