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My Country Tis of Thee. Brittany Woodward, 2001.

[Detail] My Country Tis of Thee. Brittany Woodward, 2001.

Sending a Message

Americans use their First Amendment freedoms in a variety of ways. One way is by sending messages through signs, placards, and even items of clothing. Some such messages are designed to persuade, others to comfort, still others to entertain or inform.
Examine the messages in the four pictures shown below. Then answer the questions that follow.

  • Who is the intended audience for each of these messages? Some possible audiences are the terrorists, average Americans, people directly affected by the attacks, the U.S. government, and people protesting government actions.
  • Restate each message in your own words, keeping the intended audience in mind.
  • Which of the messages do you agree with? Why? Which do you disagree with? Why?
  • Create a sign or placard that expresses a message you would like to convey. The focus should be on the events of September 11. Choose an audience and craft your message for that audience.