Civics, Geography, Regions and Cultures
Grades3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Advanced
As a memorial to September 11, students create a book or bulletin board of proverbs that offer lessons connected to themes of freedom, tolerance, patriotism, diversity, and respect.
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Proverbs often sum up powerfully the idea that all humans are one. We need to try to understand, respect, and be more tolerant of our differences. Proverbs -- brief maxims that put complex thoughts into simple and powerful words -- often express great wisdom about the need for humans to get along.
In this activity, students collect simple proverbs and select those that speak most powerfully about such ideas as freedom, tolerance, patriotism, diversity, respect, and appreciating differences. Each student selects and illustrates a proverb that moves him or her. Then the student writes a brief explanation of why he or she selected the proverb. Depending on the grade level of the students, they might write about the proverbs as they relate to the events of 9/11.
The collected proverbs and illustrations will form a special book or bulletin board memorial to 9/11.
Collect library books that include proverbs. Most quotation dictionaries compiled for students include a variety of proverbs. Students might also use the following online resources:
Challenge students to fill in the missing word in an interactive Commonly Used Proverbs game.
Students share their proverb illustrations and writings with their classmates. This sharing should result in a good classroom discussion about the meanings of the proverbs. As a follow-up assessment, the teacher might present a series of five proverbs from the students' collection and ask students to write in one or two sentences what the proverbs say to them.
Lesson Plan Source
FINE ARTS: Visual Arts
GRADES 5 - 8
NA-VA.5-8.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.5-8.4 Understanding the Visual Arts In Relation to History and Cultures
NA-VA.5-8.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
GRADES 9 - 12
NA-VA.9-12.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.9-12.4 Understanding the Visual Arts In Relation to History and Cultures
NA-VA.9-12.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
LANGUAGE ARTS: English
LANGUAGE ARTS: Foreign Language
SOCIAL SCIENCES: Civics
GRADES 5 - 8
NSS-C.5-8.3 Principles of Democracy
GRADES 9 - 12
NSS-C.9-12.3 Principles of Democracy
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