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