ERIC Number: ED454537
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
The Statue of Liberty: The Meaning and Use of a National Symbol. [Lesson Plan].
The Statue of Liberty, which stands in Upper New York Bay, is a universal symbol of freedom. A gift from France, it originally was conceived as an emblem of the friendship between the people of France and the United States. It has become much more, symbolizing the Mother of Exiles, greeting the millions of immigrants and embodying hope and opportunity for those seeking a better life in America. It represents the United States itself. This lesson aims to help clarify the nature of symbols for students as they study the Statue of Liberty, complete research on a national symbol, and use their research to communicate a message of their own. The lesson plan contains material on how to prepare to teach the lesson, including notes to the teacher and guiding questions. It also contains suggested activities for the following lessons: Lesson 1: Isn't It Symbolic?; Lesson 2: A Mighty Woman with a Torch; Lesson 3: Built-In Symbols; Lesson 4: Using the Symbol; Lesson 5: Choose a Symbol, Any Symbol; Lesson 6: Create a Symbol; Lesson 7: The United States Symbol; and Extending the Lesson. The lesson plan provides detailed information and ideas for teaching each lesson; cites learning objectives; gives appropriate grade levels (Grades 3-5) and time required for each lesson; and outlines national standards for English/language arts, social studies, arts, and civics and government. Lists several helpful Web sites and other resources. (NKA)
Descriptors: Built Environment, Curriculum Enrichment, Elementary Education, Learning Activities, Lesson Plans, National Standards, Student Educational Objectives, Student Research, Symbolism, United States History
For full text: http://edsitement.neh.gov/lessonplans.html.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; MCI WorldCom, Arlington, VA.; Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A