Staging the Question
If you were walking down the street and passed a large stone wheel, what would you think it meant?
Summative Performance Task
Are memorials and monuments the best way to commemorate the past? Write a persuasive essay that states a claim in response to this question and supports the claim with evidence from the sources.
Who decides which monuments and memorials are built and where they are placed? Investigate a local monument to learn more about its origin story.
Taking Informed Action
The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources maintains a collection of 275 signs placed at locations across the state that commemorate important people, places, and events in our state’s history. These historical markers are physical objects, like monuments and memorials, that are also intended to help people understand the past.
Which monuments, memorials, and historical markers are located in your neighborhood, town, or city? Does one need to be highlighted for the benefit of the community? Does one need to be updated with new information?
Educate the community by planning an event or information campaign to spotlight an existing marker, monument, or memorial. Or, submit a proposal to revise a historical marker to the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources.