Historical Symbols in Modern Culture


US History Reconstruction Era and the Western Frontier Historical Symbols in Modern Culture
Students learn about the controversy surrounding the use of the Confederate flag by governments in southern states. Then they research and write a position paper defending one side of the controversy and proposing a solution to the problem. Finally, they present their position paper and proposed solution to the class.

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In this experience, students learn about the controversy surrounding the use of the Confederate flag by governments in southern states. Then they research and write a position paper defending one side of the controversy and proposing a solution to the problem. Finally, they present their position paper and proposed solution to the class.

While this experience focuses on the use of the Confederate flag in modern culture, you may choose to expand the conversation to additional symbols, for example, sports mascots like Chiefs or Redskins, and the U.S. flag on clothing or decorative items. You can have students research one of these issues and take a stand on these historical symbols and whether their use in modern culture is patriotic or hurtful to some groups.

Note that there is no quiz at the end of this experience.

Objectives:

  • Identify and research a problem.
  • Propose a solution and develop a plan for solving a problem.
  • Identify different points of view on social issues.


In this experience you will learn about a controversy surrounding the use of the Confederate flag by states in the South. Then you will research the controversy, select which side of the controversy you support, and write a position paper that supports your opinion and proposes a solution to the problem.

Objectives:

  • Identify and research a problem.
  • Propose a solution and develop a plan for solving a problem.
  • Identify different points of view on social issues.




The Confederate Flag


What do you think of when you see this flag? To list more than one item, separate them with a comma, like this: hungry, thirsty.

Post your answer

Students answers will vary but may include: Confederate, Civil War, slavery, segregation, pride, South, prejudice, racism, etc.


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