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TOPIC: Gothic Cathedrals
AUTHOR: Hall Easterling, Elkhart Memorial High School
TIME FRAME: 2-3 periods 60 minutes
Understands the redefinition of European society and culture from 1000 to 1300 CE (World History #17)
- Learn about the most enduring architectural form of medieval times.
- Learn how Cathedrals were built, why they were built, and how they impacted the local community.
- Learn how these great buildings are used today and that new ones are being built.
- Demonstrate how Gothic architecture goes beyond the cathedral.
RESOURCES AND MATERIALS:
The Internet, text, library, media center, and local community.
- Design a floor plan of a gothic cathedral and explain it.
- Research how and why cathedrals were built.
- Explain how cathedrals are used and their impact on the community.
- Site examples of gothic architecture found in the local community, giving at least one example other than a church.
ASSESSMENT: Either an oral or written report.
- Make a model of a cathedral.
- Make a video of local buildings showing the influence of gothic architecture on the community.
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