Ask the class:
Present and discuss some of memorial ideas that can be found in the Teachers' Background. Some are for Ground Zero and others are for different events.
Design a fitting memorial for Ground Zero and/or write a poem to remember the events.
Ideas might include:
Students should include an explanation of the thinking behind their design.
- A statue representing the victims
- A symbol of hope
- A monument that draws its design from the World Trade Center
- A peace park
Students could construct a model of their memorial.
Limit the size of the models (about 30cm in height should be fine) so that the ideas can be displayed more easily.
Students present their ideas and/or poems and give their reasons for their designs.
Ground Zero memorial ideas:
Other memorials around the world:
- Two piers could project out into New York Harbour. Each would be divided into 110 'floors'. As visitors pass over each floor they encounter the story of what happened on that floor, including names of victims.
- An park and an underground memorial could be connected by a circular pool. The pool's 3,000 pieces of blue stained glass would form the ceiling of the underground memorial and would be illuminated by day and by night. The pool would be curved like the top of a sphere and its colours will suggest the Earth.
Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park
Washington DC World War II Memorial
- It contains very moving displays of the effects of the atomic bombing.
- In front of the building is a statue called Mother and Child in the Storm and the Fountain of Prayer.
- Colourful origami cranes are left on most of the memorials, monuments and statues in the park as a symbol of visitors' wish for Peace.
- Consists of the Rainbow Pool surrounded in a circular pattern with 56 pillars to represent the unity of the US states and territories during the war.
- Visitors will enter the sunken plaza on ramps which will pass by two giant arches that represent the two fronts of the war.
- Inside there will be a Freedom Wall covered with 4,000 gold stars, each representing 100 Americans that died during World War II.
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