Duty, Honor, Country! Semper Fidelis! Semper Paratus! Uno ab alto!
Mamie Eisenhower: First Ladies' Lives
Skill: Middle School
Time Required: One class period
The mottos of the four branches of the military and of the Coast Guard stress the values of each of the services. Ike lived by the Army’s motto and expected Mamie to understand.
1. Ask students if they know the official mottos of the various branches of service in the United States. Be sure to include the Coast Guard.
2. Write them on the board as students find them on line. Ask students what the mottos mean when applied to that branch of service.
3. Their task is to identify and create a motto for themselves. They will then write a short paragraph and/or draw a representation of their personal motto.
This lesson could be extended by creating a "Gallery" of student mottos, insignia, etc.
This lesson was created by Bette Brooks, Kent State University.