Lesson Plan

Art and Architecture

Create a virtual model of specific types of historical architecture
Donald P.
Classroom teacher
Mooresville High School
Mooresville, United States
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Arts

Students will be able to...

Classify art according to specified styles.

Use a variety of media, including 2-D, 3-D, and digital, to produce art

Interpret art in terms of cultural and ethnic context.


Social Studies
Grades 9 – 12
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1 Hook/Attention Getter - Architecture through History

Teacher shows students examples of historical architecture from the Ancient Wonders through to modern examples by architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry and I.M. Pei. 

Student Instructions

Students begin to think about architecture and how it relates to art and history and how it has influenced man and society. 

2 Guided Practice - building a world

Teacher introduces student to virtual creation software/apps such as Google Sketchup and Minecraft. 

Teacher demonstrates and gives direct instruction on how to use whatever tool is chosen to create a virtual world. 

Teacher gives time for students to familiarize themselves with whatever tool is chosen.

Student Instructions

Students practice and explore whatever virtual world tool is given to them to use.

3 Independent Practice

Teacher gives students a list of types of architecture / architects through Google Classroom.

Teacher guides students in the creation of their virtual architecture. 

Teacher is available to help as needed.

Student Instructions

Students choose either an architecture style or specific architect from list provided through Google Classroom.

Students use the virtual world tool that was provided to them to create a 'virtual' recreation of an architecture. Example - Parthenon, Falling Water, etc.

Students use Screencast-O-Matic or other screen casting software to create a 'virtual tour' of their architecture creation, narrating it's architectural aspects as well as its importance in world history. 


4 Wrap up - presentation/feedback

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Teacher provides time for students to present their virtual tours to the class. 

Teacher guides students with specific questions to gain feedback on the assignment from the students.

Student Instructions

Students present their virtual tours to the classd

Students give feedback on the assignment through guided questions provided by the teacher.