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Design a Statue

Students will select a famous or historical person from their state and compile a list of reasons why that person should be included in the National Statuary Hall Collection. Then they will draw a picture or design a statue honoring that person.

PROCESS:

  1. As a class, identify the two historical figures that represent your state in the National Statuary Hall Collection. Encourage students to identify reasons why these two people would be honored with a statue. Discuss the significance of their statues being featured in the U.S. Capitol.
  2. Have students identify other famous or historical people from your state. If you wish, invite them conduct research to add more names to the list.
  3. Instruct students to pick one person from the list who deserves to be included in the National Statuary Hall Collection. Give students time to conduct research to learn more about this person's life and accomplishments.
  4. Provide art supplies. Instruct students to draw a picture and/or design a statue depicting the person they chose. Challenge them to write a list of reasons explaining why they think this person should represent their state in the U.S. Capitol.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite students to share their pictures/models and lists of reasons with the class. After all students have presented, create a ballot that includes all nominees. Don't forget to include the two people currently depicted in the Collection! Instruct students to vote for the two people they think best represent their state. Tally the ballots and discuss the results.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
As a class, brainstorm a list of famous or historical people from your state. Then divide the class into small groups. Instruct each group to pick one person they think most deserves to be included in the National Statuary Hall Collection. Give groups time to draw a picture of their statue and compile a list of reasons supporting their nominee.
Grades 5-6:
Divide the class into small groups. Instruct each group to brainstorm a list of famous or historical people from your state. Then have them pick one person from the list who they think most deserves to be depicted in the National Statuary Hall Collection. Give groups time to conduct research and create a list of the person's accomplishments. Then have them draw a picture and/or design a statue depicting their nominee.
Grades 7-8:
Divide the class into pairs. Instruct partners to brainstorm a list of famous or historical people from your state. Have them pick one person from the list who they think most deserves to be depicted in the National Statuary Hall Collection. Give partners time to conduct research. Instruct them to compile a detailed list of the person's accomplishments. Then have them examine the statues featured on the National Statuary Hall Collection site. Encourage partners to draw a picture and/or design a statue of their nominee that is distinguished enough to be included in a U.S. Capitol collection.
Grades 9-10:
Divide the class into pairs. Instruct partners to brainstorm ideas. Then have them pick one famous or historical person from you state that they think most deserves to be depicted in the National Statuary Hall Collection. Give pairs time to conduct research. Instruct them to compile a detailed list of the person's accomplishments and then draw a picture and/or design a statue of their nominee. Invite pairs to present their nominees and hold the class vote. Examine the results. Did the class vote to replace either or both of their current state statues? Encourage students to use facts to explain the results.