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Vote on Your State's Flag

Students will conduct research to learn about the significance of each symbol on their state's flag. They will design a new flag of their own. Then the class will vote to select a new design or keep the status quo.

PROCESS: 

  1. Display an image of your state's flag. As a class, break down the composition of the flag. Identify each symbol. Then create a list of meaningful colors, shapes or other items included in the flag's design.
  2. Have students conduct research to learn why each of these items is on the flag. Challenge them to make a connection between the items and significant events in the history of your state.
  3. Provide plain white paper and access to art supplies. Encourage students to create a new design for your state's flag. Remind them that while their designs will be different from the current flag, their flags must still display meaningful connections to the state's history.
  4. Post students' new flags along with a sample of your current state flag. 

ASSESSMENT: 

Invite students to present their design entries to the class. Instruct them to identify important elements on their flags. Challenge them to explain how each element is connected to your state's history. Hold a popular vote so the class can decide whether to the state should adopt a new flag or keep the status quo.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:     

Grades 3-4:
Conduct research on your state flag as a class. Then divide the class into small groups. Have each group design and draw a new state flag.

Grades 5-6:
Divide the class into small groups. Have groups conduct research on your state flag. Then have each group design and draw a new state flag. Challenge them to explain why they included specific features in their designs.

Grades 7-8:
Divide the class into pairs. Have partners conduct research on your state flag. Give them time to design and draw a new state flag of their own. Instruct partners to write a short press release promoting their entry into the state flag contest. 

Grades 9-10:
Divide the class into pairs. Have partners conduct research on your state flag. Give them time to design and draw a new state flag of their own. Instruct partners to write a detailed paper explaining why their entry is the best choice for a new state flag. Have them read their papers to the class. Based on that information, instruct students to select one entry from all of the new designs. Then have students debate the merits of this new design versus the existing state flag. Hold a class vote to decide whether the state should adopt the new design or keep the status quo.