Shoe Industry Murals

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Secondary Social Studies

Shoe Murals - Lesson Activity

Secondary Social Studies

Shoe Murals - Lesson Plan


Integrate visual information (e.g., charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other
information in print and digital texts.

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher
led) with diverse partners on discipline-specific topics, texts, and issues, building on others’
ideas and expressing their own clearly



  • Describe how Matzeliger’s invention influenced the shoemaking industry which dominated
    Lynn for centuries.
  • Analyze aspects of culture present within the murals, including symbolism used in the mural.
  • Compare and contrast 2 murals about the same topic (shoemaking in Lynn).
  • Vocabulary: culture, cultural background, immigrant, ledger, artisan, bottleneck, intricate,
    preternatural, wane, indelible.


  1. Class discussion: Look at both murals. What do they have in common and how they are
    connected? Why would these murals be in Lynn
  2. Watch the LEON KEER & MASSINA video.
  3. Review vocabulary terms from reading.
  4. Read or listen to the article, “How Lynn Became the Shoe Capitol of the World” and
    answer comprehension questions.
  5. Extension Activity: Research other murals by Leon Keer (google search will show the images).