Mount Rushmore-National Memorial
Mount Rushmore is a symbol of our country's great history. The sculptured faces of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt grace the hillside in a splendid display of American pageantry and craftmanship. I bet that many of you kids have visited Mount Rushmore before. Was it what you were expecting or not? There is a lot of history behind Mout Rushmore and why it became a National Memorial. What do you think?
You are in a group of students that job is to tell others why these specific 4 presidents were chosen to be carved on Mount Rushmore. Your job is to present evidence and documents detailing why George Washington's, Thomas Jefferson's, Abraham Lincoln,'s and Theodore Roosevelt's faces are carved on a hilside for all to honor.
1. Research the information on the 4 president's by clicking on the site above titled: Information on Presidents or by also clicking on the site: A Great Night Picture of Mount Rushmore,where you will find information specifically about the 4 presidents on Mount Rushmore on the bottom of the page. From this, formulate a hypothesis on why these 4 president's are the one's that were chosen to be carved on Mount Rushmore.
2. Your next step is to present these findings in an essay of about 1 page or so for each president on why you think they were the specific ones chosen to be carved on Mount Rushmore.
3. After you have done this, compare and contrast your answers with members of your group. Groups will consist of about 5 members each.
4. After discussion in groups, come to a conclusion on which one of the president's makes the strongest case in being on Mount Rushmore and which one doesn't.
5. Finally, as a class we will discuss the implications of your answers that you came to in groups. One group member will present the group's consensus on what they discussed.
You will be graded individually on the content of your findings and the persuasiveness of your arguments for or against each president. Some consideration will also be given if you present your arguments in an appropriate manner with proper punctuation and spelling. You are expected to participate in your respective group by talking about your views whenever the time calls for it.
This project has enabled you to learn more about Mount Rushmore and what it stands for and why it is a national memorial to this day. I hope you learned that the 4 respective president's chosen to be honored on Mount Rushmore are their for specific reasons. I encourage you to continue to explore more information about Mount Rushmore. The best way to do that is to visit Mount Rushmore first-hand when you get the chance. This way you can visually see what you have been learning about and appreciate it even more.
This web site was created by Brock Odegard