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Grades 7 and 8

Social Studies, Language Arts

Lesson Plan Summary

Starting with the Mount Rushmore National Memorial quarter, students will research and evaluate the lives of the workers who created Mount Rushmore using primary and secondary resources.

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National Standards associated with this lesson plan

Social Studies

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

  • Time, Continuity, and Change

Language Arts

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

International Reading Association (IRA)

  • Students read a wide range of print and non-print texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment. Among these texts are fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works.
  • Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.
  • Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
  • Students conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions, and by posing problems. They gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources (e.g., print and non-print texts, artifacts, people) to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience.
  • Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial quarter image
Mount Rushmore
National Memorial Quarter
South Dakota

The Department of the Treasury Seal