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Present the concept of the "Melting Pot" myth as represented by most U.S. history books.
Ask the class if they have heard of this idea before and what it means?
Even if students are not aware of the concept they should have an idea of what the "melting pot" idea stands for.
Discuss the concept with the class until it is clear that they understand the idea of a "melting pot" as a way to define a culture.
Either in a handout or on an overhead, have the students read the inscription on the base of the Statue of Liberty. Discuss what this statement means and how they think this statement reflects U.S. culture and the idea of the melting pot.
Based upon what the students know, what they have read, and what they have learned have the students re-write the inscription to better reflect how they see U.S. culture.
Have students first share their statements in small groups and then select a few students to share their work with the entire class.
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