LESSON FOUR: Mannerly Messages
Students discuss media messages related to flag etiquette. Students create a poster using pictures that show respect or disrespect to the American flag and write a paragraph analyzing the ways respect or disrespect are shown. Students discuss and create political slogans.
I2A Analyze messages conveyed in various media.
§ Sources of literature
o Magazine pictures showing respect or disrespect toward the American flag
o Pictures depicting proper and improper use of the flag (these may be obtained through local armed service office)
§ Handouts provided
o Examples of pictures showing disrespect for the American flag and pictures showing respect for the American flag
o Examples of political slogans
o Patriotic poster from World War II
§ Words to know
Students create a poster using pictures displaying respect and disrespect for the American flag. Students analyze the messages conveyed and write a paragraph analyzing the ways respect or disrespect is shown. Scoring guide provided.
1. Students stand and recite the “Pledge of Allegiance.” (Students with opposing viewpoints may sit or leave the area.) Discuss proper etiquette. Display pictures depicting the proper and improper use of the American flag. Use these pictures as a means of discussion. With students, create a T-chart showing correct and incorrect use and care of the American flag.
What is proper flag etiquette?
Who would misuse the flag and why?
Is it really wrong to wear clothing depicting the flag? Why or why not?
Why is care for the American flag different than any other flag?
2. Discuss and list ways to show respect and disrespect for the American flag. Introduce and define the word slogan. After a discussion concerning how slogans are written by people who want to show where they stand on an issue, students brainstorm and list slogans they have heard concerning the American flag or freedom. In groups, students create two slogans. Students share their original slogans with the class and analyze each slogan. Discuss posters as a means to convey patriotism. Show a patriotic poster.
Slogan: A phrase expressing the aims or nature of an enterprise, organization, or candidate; a motto.
What is a slogan?
Who writes slogans?
Why are slogan written?
Examples of slogans:
“God Bless America”
We will not be held hostage by anyone
Let freedom ring
We might be bruised but we are not beaten
Land of the free; home of the brave
The spirit of America is alive and well
Why are slogan written?