Abstract 11- Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 2009

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 2009



Lesson Plan: The Impossible Patriotism Project

Sarah Hartman
Shiloh Elementary School
Dallas County School System, Selma, Alabama


This lesson seeks to delve into the minds of 3r-d and 4th-grade students for their grasp of the concept of patriotic symbols. Reading The Impossible Patriotism Project by Linda Skeers is beneficial for students as they compare and contrast their own emotions and processes of learning associated with the concept and usage of patriotic symbols to those of Caleb, the book’s main character. Students conduct research using the Internet to find patriotic symbols representing views of patriotism in various countries, such as China, Japan, Australia, England, France, or Canada. In the writing assignment, students will discuss their definitions of patriotic symbols and why the symbols are important to them. Students design and present their patriotic symbols to the class and explain their choices of design. Two rubrics have been designed for assessment purposes: Rubric One assesses students’ written knowledge of patriotic symbols, and Rubric Two assesses students’ methods of arriving at what patriotic symbols are through artistic, visual, and creative models.

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About the Author(s)…

Sarah Hartman is currently the Technology Coordinator and Computer Teacher (for grades K-4) at Shiloh Elementary School in the Dallas County School System located in Selma, AL. She has taught one year of kindergarten and two years of fifth grade. Before that, Mrs. Hartman taught preschool and/or HeadStart to three- and four-year-olds for about ten years. Mrs. Hartman is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Elementary Education at the University of Alabama. Her foci/research interests include social studies, research, and teacher training.

Contact Email: shartman@dallask12.org