Building upon the learning goals in the elementary and middle grades, these lessons move students towards thinking about the role of commemoration within racial, nationalistic, and state projects. These lessons encourage students to think, read, write, and speak like historians as they engage more deeply with the primary documents within the Commemorative Landscapes Database. Just as importantly, students will learn to critique the narratives told and not told (or silenced) through commemoration. These lessons also challenge students to think about the many ways in which communities commemorate people and events as they develop skills valuable skills for college-level courses.
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