Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge The Controversy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Design - Section 5: Share and Quick Write


I considered showing students images of the wall during today’s lesson. This would have provided the prior knowledge other students may have. I decided against it because I thought it would be an interesting process for students. They ended up learning of this monument through a reading of the design proposal, which I find very interesting. They were essentially playing the role of jurors trying to imagine the monument before it was built. In their quick writes I saw that they paid attention to Maya Lin’s thinking behind this design, such as that this “is supposed to be a peaceful setting,” like one student wrote, or that the design “creates a connection” between the names and the viewers, like another student wrote. 

  Writing About A Monument They Have Never Seen
  Connection to Prior Knowledge: Writing About A Monument They Have Never Seen
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The Controversy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Design

Unit 10: Responses To The Things They Carried
Lesson 1 of 13

Objective: SWBAT gain understanding of the artist's intent in designing a memorial wall by reading her proposal and identifying what may have caught the juror's attention.

Big Idea: Maya Lin's design proposal painted a clear image of the wall in the juror's minds and I hope it does the same for my students.

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English / Language Arts, Writing, Reading, Analyzing images, quick write, responses to literature
  55 minutes
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