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Create a Statue Honoring a Woman

Students will identify all of the statues of women in a selected area, plot the statues' locations on a map and explain why the statues exist. Then they will select another historical woman with a connection to that place, decide where a statue honoring her should be erected and create a sketch of a statue honoring her achievements.

PROCESS:

  1. Instruct students to select a large city or state. 
  2. Have students conduct research to identify statues of women in that location. Instruct them to create a map pinpointing where each statue can be found. Invite students to share what they know about each woman. Challenge them to explain why each statue was erected where it was. 
  3. Tell students to pick another historical female with an obvious connection to the city or state they chose. Instruct them to identify the exact location where they would place a statue honoring that woman. Have them list their reasons for choosing that particular spot. (i.e., an obvious connection to the woman's background, a high-traffic area, etc.)
  4. Give students time to draw a sketch showing what they think this statue should look like.

ASSESSMENT: 

Have students share their ideas and drawings with the class. Challenge them to explain why they think this woman, above all others, deserves to be honored in this way.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:     

Grades 3-4:
As a class, conduct research to identify statues of women in your state. Challenge students to find as many statues as they can. Plot the locations on one master map. As a class, select another woman to honor. Conduct research as a class. Divide the class into small groups. Give groups time to brainstorm ideas and draw a sketch of a statue honoring this woman. 

Grades 5-6:
Divide the class into small groups. Instruct groups to identify statues of women in your state. Challenge them to find as many statues as they can. Plot the locations on one master map. Have each group select another woman to honor. Give them time to conduct research to learn more about her. Then have groups brainstorm ideas and draw a sketch of a statue honoring this woman.

Grades 7-8:
Have students conduct the activity in small groups. Instruct each group to select a city or state. Make sure there are no repeats. Plot the locations on one master map. Analyze the results. Do some regions have more statues of women than others? If so, why do students think that is? Have each group select another woman to honor in its location. Give them time to conduct research to learn more about her. Then have each group member draw his or her vision of a statue honoring this woman.

Grades 9-10:
Have students conduct the activity in pairs. Instruct each pair to select a city or state. Make sure there are no repeats. Plot the locations on one master map. Analyze the results. Do some regions have more statues of women than others? If so, why do students think that is? Have each pair select another woman to honor in its location. Give them time to conduct research to learn more about her. Then have eave each partner draw his or her vision of a statue honoring this woman. Instruct students to write a brief summary explaining why the content and location of their statue is a fitting memorial to this woman.