1. Introduce the lesson by asking students if any have been to Washington, D.C. If some have, encourage them to talk about their visit. Note that when visitors come to Washington, they often need tour information that enables them to find government buildings, parks, museums, and monuments. Explain that, for that reason, the class will be designing brochures about seven of the most famous monuments in the city.
2. Divide the class into seven groups, assigning each group one of the monuments listed below. Each group is responsible for designing and producing a brochure about its monument. The brochure should include the following:
- A picture or two (drawn or copied from the web)
- Something about the history of the monument
- A brief description of the subject of the monument
- A map showing the monument’s location in the city
- Interesting facts about the monument
3. Students may use the websites below to start their research, but should be encouraged to use other web sites as well as print materials to find out about their monument.
4. When the brochures are completed, share them with the class, and conclude the lesson by discussing what role such monuments play in our national life. If there are monuments in your own town, discuss what they represent and why they were built.
Korean War Memorial
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Vietnam Women’s Memorial
This lesson was developed by Averil McClelland, Kent State University.