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.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
- Small index cards
- Drawing paper
- Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
WHAT TO DO
- 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
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
- Monument designs could consist of a drawing or a written description of how the monument would look.
- Students should present their models to the class with a brief oral report
- What the monument is intended to represent
- Why he or she chose a particular design
- Where the proposed monument would be located
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