The mayor of Kenosha was recently quoted in
the local newspaper:
He then announced a plan to hire a local artist
to paint a large mural on the side of the Northside public library. He
would like it to commemorate the Vietnam War.
"The Vietnam War has left lasting impressions
on the history of this country and it is vital for the generations that
represent our future to learn the lessons of the Vietnam War. We cannot
allow this war, indeed all wars, to be a forgotten page in a forgotten
history book. We need to learn from our past in order to secure our future."
But the plan for a mural is causing a lot
of controversy. Some citizens are very excited about the plan. Some don't
want it to be about Vietnam at all. Everyone has different opinions about
what the mural should look like.
In a few days the mayor is going
to have a town meeting to make a final decision about the mural. The mayor
has three questions that need to be answered:
1. Should a Vietnam memorial mural be painted?
2. If yes, what should it look like?
3. If no, what should the mural depict?
You are to be the citizens involved in the
process. Each group of four will represent the different viewpoints of
the citizens. Each person within a group will take a position on the mural
and research his/her "role" in order to defend his/her belief.
Your task is to read your position on the
mural and conduct Internet research to learn more about your position in
order to better defend it. You will also have a set of questions to guide
you as you conduct your research.
After doing your research, you will meet
with others who have your same role and create a Power Point presentation
for the mayor. This presentation should highlight some of the reasons why
you support or do not support the mural.
After the presentations, the mayor will
discuss and debate the issue with you - the citizens of Kenosha.
Finally, the town will create murals
to be prominently displayed in the area.
Divide up the four roles among your group
Each member goes to his/her page listed below.
There, each person will find:
their position on the proposed mural
background information on why the person holds
a set of questions to help you guide your
links to the Internet to help you research
Read your position on the mural.
Conduct your Internet research.
Answer your questions.
Meet with others who have your role and create
the presentation to the mayor.
Debate and defend your position at the town
Assume the role of artist and create your
Try to put yourself into the role. Attempt
to understand why this person has these beliefs. Carefully read your viewpoint
on the mural and the questions for your role. As you conduct your Internet
research, look for ways to defend your viewpoint. Be prepared to effectively
defend your beliefs with facts and convincing arguments.
You will be evaluated on the basis of five
Internet research: how well you use your time
and answer all your questions
Group development and presentation of the
Participation in the town debate (You will
also be expected to debate and not argue. Rules of courtesy should be followed)
Design, coloring, and appropriateness of your
What is the fate of the mural? Will it be
painted? What will it depict?
Can the differing viewpoints come to an
This site originally created
by Gerald McMullin
and can be found at
found at http://students.itec.sfsu.edu/itec815/mcmullin/