Exploring Local Icons
MLC’s Iconic Michigan project empowers teachers and students to explore and showcase icons in their communities through research, collaboration, and media making.
Inspired by the PBS Series
Iconic America is a PBS series that examines the history of America through some of its most iconic symbols, objects, and places on location and in conversation with historical thinkers, community members and other experts. Each episode explores a symbol’s history and how its meaning has changed over time, using them as a gateway to understanding America’s past and present.
Teachers can share Iconic America with their students by streaming episodes and using lesson plans available through PBS Learning Media, and then using the Iconic Michigan viewing guide to facilitate discussion about the content of the episodes as well as the production style and techniques that make the show engaging.
The Teacher Guide
Lesson plans and resources for leading students through producing Iconic Michigan media projects, including:
The Student Guide
Thi guide leads students through examining icons in their community that they can showcase using the same techniques they saw in Iconic America.
The student guide includes four sections:
If your students aren’t sure where to begin, check out our growing collection of student-created videos, starting with these from students at Cass Technical High School in Detroit.
Showcase Your Work
Once your video or collection of videos is complete, share it with us and we’ll feature it on the Michigan Learning Channel YouTube channel! Just send us an email at MLC@dptv.org.