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The Washington Monument: Tribute in Stone

Celebrate the completion of the Washington Monument in 1884, almost 90 years after the death of George Washington. This extensive lesson plan presents a great deal of information about the architectural ideas for the monument to honor Washington and the reasons it took so long to decide exactly what to build. Using drawings, readings, political cartoons, and maps to explore Washington, D.C., students answer inquiry questions and contemplate what makes a hero.

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