by Barbara D. Krasner
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Outpouring of Support for France
- Joyce Grant
This article from Teaching Kids News highlights the global outpouring of support France received after 139 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a terrorist attack in France in November 2015.Pair “Outpouring of Support for France” with “Waiting for Miss Liberty” and ask students to compare the friendship France showed the United States to the support countries worldwide showed France after the 2015 bombing. What are the symbols of friendship and support in both texts? Why was it important for people around the world to show their support for France? What message did it send?
The Declaration of America’s Immense Offense
- BirdBrain History
In this satirical text, a loyal subject of Great Britain doubts whether America will succeed as a country with its new Declaration of Independence.Pair “The Declaration of America’s Immense Offense” with “Waiting for Miss Liberty” and ask students to discuss the importance of freedom in America. Why do students think that France intended the Statue of Liberty to embody freedom? In addition to achieving freedom from Great Britain, how else is America a free nation?
The First Flag
- Barbara Radner
In the short story “The First Flag”, Barbara Radner explores the creation and impact of the first flag of the United States.Pair “The First Flag” with “Waiting for Miss Liberty” and ask students to discuss the symbolic significance of the American flag and the Statue of Liberty. Why were they both constructed? What messages do they send about America?