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Intermediate School 230


Jackson Heights,


New York City

  Grade: 8

Visual Art

Social Studies

  Description: Students are immersed in the architecture of their neighborhood.


Addtional Resources

Selected Unit Materials

An Exploration of the Jackson Heights Community: A unit overview including goals and a list of lessons taught during the unit (PDF)

The Architect’s Point of View or Discovering the Pepper: A drawing lesson plan focused on three-dimensional form and design (PDF)

Jackson Heights Architectural Collage: An art lesson plan focusing on shape and proportion (PDF)

Drawing Jackson Heights: An art lesson plan stressing architectural drawing, vocabulary, shape, proportion and ratio (PDF)

Classical Architecture Goes Tubular: An art lesson plan to help students create an awareness of structural principles and develop an understanding of three-dimensional form (PDF)

Architecture Vocabulary [student worksheet]: An exercise in matching architecture vocabulary and definitions (PDF)

Architecture and Art Criticism [student worksheet]: A form that guides students in critiquing peers' architecture-related artwork (PDF)

Print Resources

Dietsch, Deborah K. Architecture for Dummies. New York: Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2002. ISBN: 0764553968

Green, Betsy. Discovering the History of Your House and Your Neighborhood. Santa Monica, Calif.: Santa Monica Press, 2002. ISBN: 1891661248

Hellman, Louis. Architecture for Beginners. New York: Writers & Readers, 1988. ASIN: 0863160417

Light, Sally, & Eberle, Margaret. House Histories: A Guide to Tracing the History of Your House. Spencertown, N.Y.: Golden Hill Press, 1989. ISBN: 0961487615

Plunz, Richard. A History of Housing in New York City: Dwelling Type and Social Change in the American Metropolis. New York: Columbia University Press, 1990. ISBN: 0231062974

Web Sites

National Register of Historic Places
A national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archaeological resources

National Trust for Historic Preservation
A privately-funded, nonprofit organization that provides leadership, education, and advocacy to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities

Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Museum Web site containing virtual tours, primary documents, and resources for teachers

Jackson Heights: A Garden in the City
Description and photos of Jackson Heights in Queens, New York City, assembled by the Jackson Heights Beautification Group

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