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History - General

The United States Adopts the Stars and Stripes as its National Flag

Lesson Overview

In this lesson, students will learn about the history of the American flag and how it became the national symbol of the United States. They will explore the design and symbolism of the flag, as well as the significance of its adoption.

Learning Outcomes

  • Know the history of the American flag
  • Understand the design and symbolism of the flag
  • Understand the significance of the adoption of the flag
  • Can analyze primary sources related to the flag

Methodology

This lesson will be delivered through a combination of lecture, discussion, and primary source analysis. Students will be encouraged to participate in class discussion and to ask questions throughout the lesson.

Resources/Materials

  • American flag
  • Primary sources related to the flag (e.g. Betsy Ross's journal, letters from George Washington)
  • Textbook or online resources on the history of the American flag

Activities

  1. Introduction to the history of the American flag through lecture and discussion
  2. Analysis of primary sources related to the flag, including Betsy Ross's journal and letters from George Washington
  3. Discussion of the design and symbolism of the flag
  4. Group activity in which students design their own flag and explain the symbolism behind their design
  5. Conclusion and reflection on the significance of the adoption of the flag as the national symbol of the United States

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11 months ago
This lesson plan complies with the Common Core State Standards for History/Social Studies.

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