In this lesson plan, students will learn about Confederate Civil War monuments and the recent push to remove them, using New Orleans as an example.

Students will develop their own point of view about the issue while exploring the points of view of others. They will then (working in groups) design a monument to replace the Confederate monuments that have been taken down or to memorialize a significant person or event in history.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
  • Students will understand what Confederate Monuments are and why some people (particularly community leaders) want them removed.
  • Students will explore the reasons why some are opposed to the removal of these monuments.
  • Students will design their own monuments to replace the Confederate monuments that were removed. 
GUIDING QUESTIONS:
  • What are Confederate monuments?
  • Why do some people want these monuments removed?
  • Who is fighting to keep them up and why?
  • What can Confederate monuments be replaced with to satisfy all parties involved?
PREPARED BY GRADE LENGTH
LAURA AYSEN, ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LOUISIANA HIGH SCHOOL