Why is Sacagawea on the Golden Dollar?
Main Subject Area: Language Arts
Additional Subjects: Social Studies
Duration of Lesson: 90 minutes
Additional Subject Area Standard(s):
POMP The True Story of the Baby on the Sacagawea Dollar - http://pompstory.home.mindspring.com/index.html
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Grade Level(s): 6-8
Ask questions such as: Why do you think they picked Sacagawea to be on the new dollar Why do they put image of people on coins? Who else do you know that has their image on a coin?
2. Have the students read Chapter 6, the history of the Sacagawea Dollar (http://pompstory.home.mindspring.com/Pages/chapter6.html). This will give the students some history about the Sacagawea Dollar.
3. Read aloud the quote from the Mint’s Director, listed below:
The Mint’s director Philip N. Diehl decided to invite the public to help choose who should appear on the coin. “Coins [are] not just a way of buying things,” he said about his approach toward the design. “[P]utting images and words on coins. . . .[is] way for a government to talk to its people and for people to talk among themselves.”
4. Have the students write an essay either defending or opposing the statement. They can read through the first chapters of the online book for research.
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