Martha Hughes Cannon: Doctor, Wife, Mother, Senator

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Each state is entitled to two statues in the National Statuary Hall Collection in Washington, D.C. After reading about Utah's debate over whether or not Martha Hughes Cannon should be represented by one of their statues, individuals access the National Women's History Museum website, research a woman they want to celebrate, and design a statue for her.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Coordinate the lesson with an art teacher or artist who can present a mini-lesson on the symbolic conventions in statues
  • A PBS resource contains more specific information about Cannon
Classroom Considerations
  • Although the resource mentions the recent debate about Confederate Civil War figures, it takes no position on the debate and no time is provided for a discussion of the controversy
  • Requires computer access for each class member
  • Schedule prep time to make copies of included materials
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Includes a detailed assignment sheet and a rubric for the project
  • The connection between the information about Cannon and the final project seems forced and lacks sufficient scaffolding