Pride in Cleveland
After creating a timeline of Cleveland "firsts", and
reviewing the city seal, city flag and city motto, students will
create a new seal, flag and motto, reflecting what they think
is important about Cleveland today.
- What are some of the important events in history that happened
first in Cleveland?
- What does the city seal and city flag look like? What is the
- How would you design the city seal and flag to represent Cleveland
today? What would be an appropriate motto?
- Divide students into cooperative teams. Distribute Handout
1 - Cleveland Firsts. Divide the number of "firsts"
(24) among the groups and explain to students that the class will
be creating a timeline of Cleveland "firsts." Each group
will be required to make a poster for each event they have been
assigned from Handout #1. Each poster must have the date in bold
letters on the top of the paper, however, encourage them to be
creative with the rest of the poster, being certain to highlight
the event. Students may also research each event. (The Encyclopedia
of Cleveland History would be an excellent source)
- When teams have finished their posters and research, they
are to arrange their date in chronological order. Then the class
will create their timeline of "Cleveland Firsts" beginning
with 1863 and ending with 1968. The timeline could be created
in the classroom or hall and should be titled "Timeline of
- Discuss with students the purpose of seals, flags and mottoes.
(To show representation and pride in a country or state. Used
in ceremonies and as symbols to represent the country or state.)
Show examples of the flag, seal and motto of the United States
and Ohio, or flags, etc. from other countries. Then present the
seal, flag, and motto of Cleveland. Have students brainstorm ideas
of what they think make Cleveland a special city. They may use
events and ideas from the past and present.
- Explain to students that they have just been hired by the
city to design a new seal, flag and motto for the city of Cleveland.
Their designs should be representative of what they think is unique
about Cleveland today. Teams will then present and explain their
designs to the class.