The Art of Tribute

Lincoln Statue, Capitol

Overview

What can you learn about people by analyzing statues created to memorialize them? Who is worthy of a monument? Students consider these questions and more as they analyze primary sources. After, students research and evaluate the building of historical statues and monuments in the United States. Students then either create a drawing or small prototype of a statue of someone to be installed in the National Garden of American Heroes or write a short op-ed against the construction of the National Garden of American Heroes, sharing their work with their congressional representative.

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Grade

High School, Middle School

Subjects

Art, Civics, English Language Arts, Social Studies

Length

80-100 minutes

Topics

Abraham Lincoln, heroes, memorials, monuments, National Garden of American Heroes, statues

Author

Primary Source Nexus

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