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ERIC Number: ED362459
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Citizenship Education Model: "Piecing It Together: The Statue of Liberty as an American Education Symbol of Citizenship Education."
Trimboli, Angela
This document argues that the Statue of Liberty has a lot to offer teachers who need to teach citizenship to elementary students. Among the symbols within the statue that have relevance to citizenship are: (1) the tablet; (2) the chains; (3) the step from the chains; () the torch; (5) the crown; (6) the face; and (7) the new infrastructure. The keystone tablet is a symbol of active involvement and unity. Chains reflect the hold that the British government had on America. A step forward from the chains is representative of freedom and progress, while the torch is a long standing symbol of wisdom. The seven rays of the Liberty's crown stand for the seven continents, the seven seas, and the seven planets known to humanity at the time the statue was designed. Together the rays and crown symbolize earthly and universal freedom. The face of Liberty, which the statue's designer, Auguste Bartholdi, based upon the face of his own mother, is the face of transformation. An improved infrastructure, built from stainless steel instead of the original rust-prone iron, both offers and symbolizes strength. Teachers can use the symbols to bring home to children important lessons about U.S. citizenship. Contains 19 references. (SG)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A