If these walls could speak…
By Aruna Arjunan, November 5, 2006
- High School
- Design History
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Identify a problem or design an opportunity.
- Propose designs and choose between alternative solutions.
- Implement a proposed design.
- Evaluate the solution and its consequences.
- Communicate the problem, process, and solution.
- Scientists in different disciplines ask different questions, use different methods of investigation, and accept different types of evidence to support their explanations.
- Science often advances with the introduction of new technologies.
- Creativity, imagination, and a good knowledge base are all required in the work of science and engineering.
- analyze and explain the ways groups, societies, and cultures address human needs and concerns
- compare and analyze societal patterns for preserving and transmitting culture while adapting to environmental or social change
- apply key concepts such as time, chronology, causality, change, conflict, and complexity to explain, analyze, and show connections among patterns of historical change and continuity
- systematically employ processes of critical historical inquiry to reconstruct and reinterpret the past, such as using a variety of sources and checking their credibility, validating and weighing evidence for claims, and searching for causality
- investigate, interpret, and analyze multiple historical and contemporary viewpoints within and across cultures related to important events, recurring dilemmas, and persistent issues, while employing empathy, skepticism, and critical judgment
- use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools such as aerial photographs, satellite images, geographic information systems (GIS), map projections, and cartography to generate, manipulate, and interpret information such as atlases, data bases, grid systems, charts, graphs, and maps
- describe and compare how people create places that reflect culture, human needs, government policy, and current values and ideals as they design and build specialized buildings, neighborhoods, shopping centers, urban centers, industrial parks, and the like
- propose, compare, and evaluate alternative policies for the use of land and other resources in communities, regions, nations, and the world
Common Core Standards
Anchors for Reading:
Key Ideas and Details:
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Anchor Standards for Writing:
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.
Research to Build and Present Knowledge:
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Anchor standards for Speaking and Listening:
Comprehension and Collaboration:
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Anchor standards for Language:
Conventions of Standard English:
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Knowledge of Language:
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
- understand the relationship between history, the use of a given space, and its design
- better understand the relationship between technology and design
- understand how to do and improve upon their research skills using a variety of sources
- understand what scale is, what a scale model is, and how to build scale models
- local history museum
- Promethean Boards (smart board like)
- ActivStudio software
- Microsoft learning essentials software–tutorials on research, organization, and brainstorming
- reading materials / Internet sites (see attachment)
- "If These Walls Could Speak..." PowerPoint
- "Hearing What our Walls Have to Say..." Handout
- Feedback Funnel
- computers with Internet access
- sculpting clay – Crayola model magic
- cutting mats
- LCD projector
- razors for cutting
- foam board
- sketch pads
- paper mâché
- foam core
- graph paper
Enrichment Extension Activities
Many high school students are not comfortable giving feedback to their peers. This is a skill that really needs to be worked on and rehearsed before using in class.
It would also be useful to set deadlines for the project, if parts of it are to be done out of class time in order for the students to be better organized.