Statue of Liberty

Week 13: Statue of Liberty

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Read K – 3:  Liberty! by Allan Drummond

4 – 6: Maiden Voyage: The Story of the Statue of Liberty by Stephen Krensky OR Lady Liberty: A Biography by Doreen Rappaport

7 – 8:  What is the Statue of Liberty? by Joan Holub

Discuss:

  • What  country was the Statue of Liberty a gift from? (France)
  • What city does the statue sit in? (New York)
  • What are immigrants? (people coming from other countries to live in America)
  • Was the statue simple to put together? (no, a pedestal had to be built, a skeleton of iron needed to be put in place, and it had to be lined with copper and installed with stairs)
  • Why was it built first in Paris? (Paris is in France where it was first created, then it was taken apart and put in pieces on a boat to take to America)
  • Why do you think France wanted to celebrate the freedom we have in America?  Does our country have something that many other countries do not? (At this time France had been ruled by Napoleon III and many people who lived there wished to have a government like ours ruled by the people and for the people)
  • Did much of the money for the base of the statue come from millionaires? (no, came from common people, even children)
  • What was the name of the man who designed the statue? (Bartholdi)

Question for Grades 4 – 6:

  • What 2 things does the statue hold? (torch-symbolized light of freedom; book – inscribed with date of the Declaration of Independence)

Questions for Grades 7 & 8:

  • Who first wanted  to create the statue? (Lamboulaye, a professor from France)
  • Why? (Loved American government, wanted to celebrate America’s ideas of freedom and friendship between the countries.  He also wanted to send a message to the French people and government that America’s system of government is what they should strive for in France.)
  • In which part of New York is the statue located? (New York harbor, Bedloe’s Island)
  • What is symbolically located at the statue’s feet? (broken chains)
  • What do these chains symbolize? (breaking from slavery)
  • Why did Bartholdi create the hand and torch to be established at the World’s Fair in Philly? (to generate public support for the statue)
  • Who designed the skeleton for the statue? (Gustave Eiffel)
  • What man in America helped generate funds for the pedestal with his newspaper, The World? (Pulitzer)
  • What famous poem in written on a plaque in the statue’s museum? (The New Colossus)
  • What did/does the statue symbolize to immigrants? (freedom)

Activities:

K – 1: Color in the following page: http://www.patrioticcoloringpages.com/statue-of-liberty/004-statue-of-liberty-poem.html

2 – 3: Color in the following page: http://www.patrioticcoloringpages.com/statue-of-liberty/004-statue-of-liberty-poem.html  and complete the following quiz: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/history/us/monuments/sol/quiz.shtml

4 – 6: Copy the poem “The New Colossus” from this website: http://www.libertystatepark.com/emma.htm

onto a blank sheet of paper.  Underneath the poem define the following terms: brazen, conquer, astride, beacon, exiles, huddle, masses, yearn, wretch, refuse, teeming, and tempest.

7 – 8:  Copy the poem “The New Colossus” from this website: http://www.libertystatepark.com/emma.htm

onto a blank sheet of paper.  Underneath the poem define the following terms: brazen, conquer, astride, beacon, exiles, huddle, masses, yearn, wretch, refuse, teeming, and tempest.  Many immigrants were moved to tears when they saw the Statue of Liberty for the first time as they sailed into the harbor.  Reflecting on the lives they left behind, as well as their voyage to America, and the hopes they might have had for the future, describe why you believe so many immigrants became so emotional as they saw the statue.

Copyright May 13th, 2016 by Gwen Fredette

 

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