On This Day: Statue of Liberty

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The Statue of Liberty has been a symbol of freedom since the people of France gifted it to the US. Today, as immigration debates grip the nation, learners consider the iconic image. Using a vintage newsreel about the statue, a scholar's take on the monument, and a video tour, pupils think about the symbol's meaning in contemporary America.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Offer the resource as a tool to research the statue
  • Use video clips to stimulate discussion of immigration or public history
Classroom Considerations

  • Create a free C-SPAN Classroom account or the use of the following login credentials: Username: students, Password: C-SPANCLASSROOM
  • 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
Pros

  • Video tour allows classes far from the statue to see it up close
  • 1950s newsreel offers an interesting perspective of the statue
Cons

  • None