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At the end of this lesson, students will have learned about the state capitol and what happens there. They will also have used their powers of observation to make connections between architecture and the purpose of buildings. Several of the activities are designed reinforce the concept of architecture designed for government functions.
Where I Live: Connecticut, chapter 3, pages 26 – 29
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This plan has two parts: an introduction to the series of lesson plans and Lesson Plan 1: The State Capitol.
Begin with a short introduction to the concept of different types of communities by having students read “What Type of Place Do You Live In?” This is provided as a printable PDF.
Learning Through Places: What Type of Place Do You Live In?
Conduct an in-class conversation about government and laws in general. It’s a good idea to have read or refer to Where I Live: Connecticut, pages 26 – 29.
Here are some questions to help guide the discussion.
Next, hand out or have children link to the student materials,
Learning Through Places: The State Capitol
Have them look closely at the first image and answer the questions provided in a classroom discussion. Some prompts are provided below.
What do you see in the photograph?
Is the building large or small?
Does it look old or new?
Is it simple and plain or elaborate and fancy?
What is the tallest feature of the building?
Can you see any statues?
Does it look like people take care of this building?
Have them read the information about the State Capitol. Ask them, “What are you wondering?”
Finally, choose or have students choose an activity to further explore the concepts presented in the lesson plan, including
Make An Entrance!
Construct a Dome
Change, Continuity, and Context
Connecticut State Capitol, 1872-1879, Richard M. Upjohn, architect; interior decoration, William James McPherson. 1977-1987, restored, Dominick C. Cimino architect, interior decoration, Canning Studios.
Connecticut’s Capitol Building – Inside and Out
The Genius of Connecticut: Give Her Wings!