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Making Civics Real Workshop 5: Patriotism & Foreign Policy  
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Lesson Plan: Teaching the Lesson: Activity 2

Activity 2: Area-Specific Committee Meetings

Create a Head Committee and four or five other committees, each consisting of three to four students. Each group should have a recorder and a spokesperson or reporter. Students should choose their own committee leadership at the first meeting of the committee.

Using teacher-provided supplementary materials (see Lesson Materials), the Head Committee will begin to:

  • Design the museum, including a stage for dance, galleries, and public space.
  • Produce a timeline of expressions of patriotism and American foreign policy from World War II to the present that gives an overview of key people, events, and artistic representations during that period.
  • Identify four individuals and/or events from that time period, which, in their opinion, best depict U.S. foreign policy and give a brief explanation for each choice.
  • Identify four artistic representations from that time period, which, in their opinion, best depict patriotism.

Because of the complexity of this assignment, the Head Committee will probably need to work on this assignment over several days.

During Activity 2, all other committees will begin to:

  • Write a paragraph that defines patriotism based on their research, class readings, and personal beliefs. The paragraph should be presented to the class for inclusion in the Museum of Patriotism and Foreign Policy as part of the final activity.
  • Create an artistic representation of the committee’s agreed-upon definition of patriotism.

Give all students the rubric (see Assessment) against which their work will be judged and discuss as needed. Remind all groups to use the information gathered from earlier research and the Supreme Court cases discussed in class. For homework, students should seek out artistic examples for consideration by their respective committees. Students might also look for examples of how the arts have been used to promote patriotism.

Overview, Goals, and Planning    |     Activity 1
Activity 2     |     Activity 3     |     Activity 4     |     Activity 5     |     Scheduling and Adaptations


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