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Students practice identifying and summarizing main ideas while reading the non-fiction exhibit catalog about the history of Alaska's flag.

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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.

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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).

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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 research.

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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.

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