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Using the variety of videos, articles, and other materials provided here, class members explore the importance of monuments, historical narratives, and shared memory. After reading and participating in a Socratic seminar, pupils choose a monument to research, write a paper about, and re-represent either with description or an actual physical product. An involved project that requires critical and creative historical thinking.
Students examine the issues that designers and civic planners face in designing memorials to historic tragedies, wars and other events. They design memorials dedicated to the events of September 11, 2001.
Monument and memorial lesson plans can get students thinking about important topics and time periods in history.
Film imitates life; that's what they say. Using performance theory to tie the lesson together, learners attempt to understand memory and daily rituals as seen in art, film, and life. They read two chapters from the book, watch the teacher as is s/he is a performer, and then analyze Nikhil Chopra's art in relation to performance. Finally, learners write scripts based on their memories of their own daily rituals.
Responding to blog posts can increase written communication skills, critical thinking skills, and the use of social media as a means for discussion. Kids will compose a blog post in response to the provided article related to famous landmarks, particularly the Hollywood sign. 
Students locate specific landmarks on a map. They define the term landmark. Students explain the difference between a manmade and natural landmark. They are explained why landmarks are important. Students discuss and research some manmade landmarks.
Students research famous landmarks of the world. For this landmarks lesson, students determine why cultures build special structures and then find out more about specific world landmarks. Students respond to the provided discussion questions and share their findings with their classmates.
Students investigate countries by identifying their national landmarks.  For this World Geography lesson, students utilize the Internet to research a historic landmark in a foreign country and complete a landmark survey worksheet.  Students create a travel brochure of an assigned country using Microsoft Word.
Students consider reactions to various plans for building on the grounds of the World Trade Center. They explore ideas and opinions that went into creating other memorials of events in American history and propose ideas for improving upon the existing
Students examine how people from different societies and cultures remember those whom they have lost. In this lesson students analyze memorials from around the world, create their own, and find memorials that they have in their own homes.
In this electrical activity, students design and build a circuit board to grasp the understanding of various electronic memory devices before answering a series of 18 open-ended questions that include analyzing schematics. This activity is printable and there are on-line answers to the questions.
Students consider the importance of individual artifacts in memorializing important historic events. They read and evaluate an article discussing the removal of the last steel beam from the World Trade Center site.
Students explore how we remember and honor people in special ways. In this memorial lesson, students read poems and discuss their emotions. Students view pictures taken at memorial services and discuss what some symbols have come to represent.
Eleventh graders memorialize historical events. In this historic memorials lesson, 11th graders discuss the purpose of memorials as they view several in a PowerPoint presentation. Students then collaborate to create their own memorial. 
Students explore U.S. history by creating soldier related art projects. In this Memorial Day lesson plan, students discuss the meaning behind the holiday and who exactly has sacrificed for the well being of our country. Students write letters to veterans and create a "memory wall" using photographs of former soldiers.
Students discover the meaning of Memorial Day. In this Memorial Day lesson, students listen to a book entitled You're a Grand Old Flag and discuss the meaning of Memorial Day. Students also rotate through centers in which they read, sing songs, and make crafts dealing with Memorial Day.
They say it's best to write about what you know. Scholars will write memory stories about the thing they know best, themselves. They share photographs and read the New York Times article, "Out of a Packing Box, Not Stuff, but Souls" to get inspired and then get to work. They create a photo story which they will write and narrate.
Memorial Day lesson plans can help students understand the history of this holiday which honors those who died serving their country.
Cultural discourse can start through a variety of venues. Learners begin to think about how our minds, memories, and identities shape our attitudes toward culture and history. They analyze seven pieces from the Dongducheon art exhibit and compose a narrative based on personal research. 
Third graders engage in a lesson which addresses their curiosity about some of the outstanding people-made landmarks of the world. They explore the geographical themes of location and place through literature.

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