Design Your Own Memorial
by Alana Pedalino
Download this FREE write-and-draw activity worksheet inspired by Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines to encourage your students to express their creativity by designing a memorial of an event, a place, a cause, or a group of people that is important to them.
When Maya Lin designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, she was just a student—not too different from the readers in your class!
After reading Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines, help your students to engage with the text on a deeper level by holding a classroom discussion about memorials. Here are some questions that you could use to help open the conversation:
• What memorials have you seen?
• Do you think memorials are important? Why or why not?
• Who should get to design memorials?
Then your students can design their own memorial (just like Maya!) in this fun write-and-draw activity. Download it here:
As they design their memorials, encourage your students to express their originality and creativity. When Maya was first envisioning her design, she imagined a knife cutting into the earth—and she used mashed potatoes to make her first model!
What places, causes, people, or events did your students memorialize? We’d love to see their designs! Share with us on social media using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
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