Symbols of America
|Symbols of America||2008-09-01|
|2 Days||Level 2|
- Use primary sources to learn about the events, victims, heroes, and emotions of September 11.
- Design a memorial to commemorate, honor, and remember this day in American history.
|This lesson plan addresses the following standards from the National Council for the Social Studies:
- Time, Continuity and Change
- People, Places and Environments
- Individual Development and Identity
- Civic Ideals and Practices
Definition:To keep alive the memory of something or someone
Context:We can commemorate the lives of those lost in Vietnam by visiting the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Definition:A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose
Context:The New York City firefighters and police officers are considered heroes of September 11.
Definition:Something intended to honor the memory of a person or event
Context:Mount Rushmore is a memorial to four U.S. Presidents who changed our nation for the better.
Definition:A structure, such as a building or sculpture, erected as a memorial
Context:The Washington Monument honors the life and ideals of President George Washington.
- primary source
Definition:A document or other evidence that reflects the individual viewpoint of a participant or observer.
Context:A photograph taken by someone who witnessed the attack on the World Trade Center is a primary source of information about the events of September 11.
Definition:Something visible that represents something else by association, resemblance, or convention
Context:The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of freedom.
|- computers with Internet access
- newspapers, magazines, or other primary sources
- large mural paper
- pencils, colored pencils, crayons.
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Once students have completed their plans, they should present them to the class. If appropriate, have students discuss the merits of each group’s plan.