Lesson 1: How Was the White House Designed?

To help students understand some of the issues involved in designing and improving the "President's House," share a photograph of a building that students will recognize immediately as humorously inappropriate for the official residence of the President of the United States. For example, show them a photograph like the Shack available on the EDSITEment-reviewed website American Memory.

Guiding Questions

What process was used for choosing the initial design of the White House?

Learning Objectives

After completing this lessons in the unit, students will be able to: Take a stand on whether the chosen White House design or one simpler or grander would best reflect what our President's house has come to represent.