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Inspired by the Flag

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Summary

Starting with the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine quarter, students will understand how symbols can inspire artists. Students will demonstrate how to compare and contrast. Students will write expository sentences.

Coin Type(s)

  • Quarter

Coin Program(s)

  • America The Beautiful Quarters

Objectives

  • Students will understand how symbols can inspire artists.
  • Students will demonstrate how to compare and contrast.
  • Students will write expository sentences.

Major Subject Area Connections

  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies

Minor/supporting Subject Area Connections

  • Art

Grades

  • Second grade
  • Third grade

Class Time

Sessions: Two
Session Length: 30-45 minutes
Total Length: 46-90 minutes

Groupings

  • Whole group
  • Pairs
  • Individual work

Materials

  • Worksheets:
    • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Quarter"
    • Inspired by the Flag"
    • Inspired by the Flag Checklist" (1/2 page per student)
  • An age-appropriate text that gives information about the American flag, such as:
    • F Is For Flag by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
    • The Flag We Love by Pam Munoz Ryan
    • The Story of the Star Spangled Banner by Patricia A. Pingry
  • Age-appropriate, relevant Web sites, such as:

 

Worksheets and Files

Lesson plan, worksheet(s), and rubric (if any) at www.usmint.gov/kids/teachers/lessonPlans/pdf/388.pdf.

  1. Display and examine the "Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Quarter" page. Locate this national site on a class map. Note its position in relation to your school’s location. Tell the students that the front of a coin is called the "obverse" and the back is called the "reverse." Explain to the students that the United States Mint began to issue the quarters in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program in 2010. By the time the program ends in 2021, there will be a total of 56 designs. Each design will focus on a different national site—one from each state, territory and the District of Columbia.
  2. Ask the students to work with a partner to brainstorm a list of places where they often see the American flag. For example, flags can often be found at schools, businesses, homes, cemeteries, government buildings, sporting events, on lapel pins and at Fourth of July and Memorial Day celebrations. Record student responses on a class chart. Lead a discussion about why these places display the American flag and what students think or feel when they see one.
  3. Locate an age-appropriate text that gives information about the American flag. As a class, preview the text and illustrations to generate observations about what is occurring at different points in the text. Read the selected text aloud to the class and attend to any unfamiliar vocabulary.
  4. Tell the students that the sight of the American flag flying over Fort McHenry inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words to our national anthem, "The Star- Spangled Banner." Review the meaning of the word "inspired." Locate and play a recording of the "Star-Spangled Banner." Ask the students to share what they already know about the song, when they have heard this song before and what images come to mind when they listen to the song.
  5. Locate images of the contemporary American flag and the flag that Francis Scott Key saw at Fort McHenry. Compare and contrast these two versions of the American flag and encourage the students to note how the flag has changed over time. Draw a Venn diagram or T-chart on the board to guide this comparison activity.
  6. Just as Francis Scott Key was inspired by the flag, encourage the students to consider how they are personally inspired by the American flag. Introduce the students to the "Inspired by the Flag" worksheet. Review the directions together and have the students complete the worksheet. Have students share their writing and pictures.
  7. If desired, extend this activity by having the students conduct interviews with classmates, friends, family or community members about how they are inspired by the American flag. Additionally, consider inviting a veteran or active member of the United States military to speak to the class about how they are inspired by the American flag.
There are no modification options for this lesson plan.
  • Take anecdotal notes about the students’ participation in class discussions and activities.
  • Evaluate the students’ worksheets for understanding of the lesson objectives.
  • Use the "Inspired by the Flag Checklist" to assess students’ work.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: W.2 Writing
Grade(s): Grade 2
Cluster: Text Types and Purposes
Standards:

  • W.2.1. Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
  • W.2.2. Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
  • W.2.3. Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RL.2 Reading: Literature
Grade(s): Grade 2
Cluster: Craft and Structure
Standards:

  • RL.2.4. Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
  • RL.2.5. Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
  • RL.2.6. Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RL.2 Reading: Literature
Grade(s): Grade 2
Cluster: Key Ideas and Details
Standards:

  • RL.2.1. Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
  • RL.2.2. Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
  • RL.2.3. Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RL.3 Reading: Literature
Grade(s): Grade 2
Cluster: Craft and Structure
Standards:

  • RL.3.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
  • RL.3.5. Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
  • RL.3.6. Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RL.3 Reading: Literature
Grade(s): Grade 2
Cluster: Key Ideas and Details
Standards:

  • RL.3.1. Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
  • RL.3.2. Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
  • RL.3.3. Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: L.2 Language
Grade(s): Grade 2
Cluster: Conventions of Standard English
Standards:

  • L.2.1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
    • Use collective nouns (e.g., group).
    • Form and use frequently occurring irregular plural nouns (e.g., feet, children, teeth, mice, fish).
    • Use reflexive pronouns (e.g., myself, ourselves)
    • Form and use the past tense of frequently occurring irregular verbs (e.g., sat, hid, told).
    • Use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.
    • Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences (e.g., The boy watched the movie; The little boy watched the movie; The action movie was watched by the little boy).
  • L.2.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
    • Capitalize holidays, product names, and geographic names.
    • Use commas in greetings and closings of letters.
    • Use an apostrophe to form contractions and frequently occurring possessives.
    • Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words (e.g., cage --> badge; boy --> boil).
    • Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, as needed to check and correct spellings.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: L.3 Language
Grade(s): Grade 2
Cluster: Conventions of Standard English
Standards:

  • L.3.1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
    • Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.
    • Form and use regular and irregular plural nouns.
    • Use abstract nouns (e.g., childhood).
    • Form and use regular and irregular verbs.
    • Form and use the simple (e.g., I walked; I walk; I will walk) verb tenses.
    • Ensure subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement.
    • Form and use comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.
    • Use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.
    • Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences.
  • L.3.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
    • Capitalize appropriate words in titles.
    • Use commas in addresses.
    • Use commas and quotation marks in dialogue.
    • Form and use possessives.
    • Use conventional spelling for high-frequency and other studied words and for adding suffixes to base words (e.g., sitting, smiled, cries, happiness).
    • Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words.
    • Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, as needed to check and correct spellings.

This lesson plan is not associated with any National Standards.