Students discuss what goes into researching a story
and use the catalog Eight Stars
of Gold: The Story of Alaska's Flag and an interview with
India Spartz to analyze the effectiveness of an author. Students
research other authors and why they write books or articles.
Students summarize and sequence the main ideas and
supporting details from the exhibit catalog about Alaska's flag
and the statehood movement. They may then write a play or perform
an animated readers' theater with younger students. (See Benny
Benson: The Boy Who Designed Alaska's Flag activity).
Students compare the symbols and designs found on
the Alaska State flag to medieval heraldry flags or Alaska Native
designs. They present to the class a personally meaningful image,
using the vocabulary and symbolic meanings they discovered through
Students create a narrative and graphic design that
represents Alaska. They may then enter it in the statewide competition
for the upcoming "Alaska" quarter, as part of the U.S. Mint's 50
State Quarters Program.