During the Era of Good Feelings, the United States began to develop a sense of nationalism. But what did it mean to be American during this time? In this PBL project, teams of students design a park that reflects the Early American Nationalism that developed during the presidency of Monroe. Students will examine monuments to learn about how they reflect a value or period of time, and then research the Era of Good Feelings to learn about the important economic, political, and societal developments. They will then design a park that uses symbolism to express these important changes, and present their ideas to a panel of experts.
This project is a great way to teach important 21st Century skills while addressing content and skill standards. The visuals that the students create and the inquiry involved in the project ensure that students stay engaged and produce high-quality products.
This product includes all the handouts, rubrics, worksheets, organizers, and presentations you need to get started on the projects.