Message to the Future

Language Arts/Social Studies Activity

Designing a monument can be fun. It is a way to learn about the ideas and planning that go into the creation of a monument. Future archaeologists may learn a lot about our culture from the monuments we leave behind.



  1. Ask your students to draw up a proposal for a monument to commemorate an important event or to honor a positive belief or value. All proposals should have a title and include an inscription. (Drawings or models could be accompanied by a small index card with the monument's title and inscription.) At your discretion, students can work individually or in teams.

  2. Monument designs could consist of a drawing or a written description of how the monument would look.

  3. Students should present their models to the class with a brief oral report describing:

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