The Statue of Liberty
Level: 4th Grade
Subject: language arts, social studies
Approx. Time: 30-40 minutes
- Children will be introduced to facts about the Statue of Liberty.
- Children will express the symbolism of the Statue of Liberty.
- Children will synthesize what they have learned to develop what the Statue means to them.
- The Story of the Statue of Liberty by Betsy and Giulio Maestro
- paper, pencil
- pictures of the Statue of Liberty
- Anticipatory set: show children picture of the Statue of Liberty.
- What are these picture of?
- Where is it located?
- What else do you know about the Statue
- Read the book The Story of the Statue of Liberty
- Discuss story. What have you learned about the Statue?
- Read last page "The Statue of Liberty is a truly unforgettable sight- a symbol of all that is America"
- Discuss: What does this mean?
- Talk about Ellis Island, immigrants travel, that the statue is a symbol even today even though immigrants do not go through Ellis Island.
- Write quote on board: "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door"
-from "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus (on pedestal of statue)
- Discuss: meaning of quote, issues for immigrants, issues for people trying to immigrate today.
- Have children reflect upon this quote and write what it means to them.
- Display these paragraphs around the picture of Statue
Obj. #1: The children will not be responsible for the specific information. Our discussion and their paragraphs will show they have a understanding of basic information such as what the statue is, where it located, what it represents.
- Obj. #2 and #3: These objectives will be assess through our discussion and the paragraphs the children will write.
- Do they show understanding of symbolism?
- Do the children make connections to issues of today or issues from their lives?
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