English | Preparation and Resources

Historic Landmarks: Research and Writing


To prepare to teach this lesson, teachers should:

  • Watch the Seagram Building segment from the PBS special, 10 Buildings that Changed America, on DVD or at wttw.com/10buildings.
  • Review the section titled “English Instruction.”
  • Review the worksheet titled “English Worksheet.”
  • Review resources below to be familiar with the Seagram Building and its impact on the local community and/or the community at large.

Additionally, teachers may consider identifying a select number of resources for students to use during the lesson based on the needs of their students. Providing students with a limited number of preselected sources or passages can reduce research time and focus on the reading level of students.



  • Building Seagram by Phyllis Lambert
  • Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography by Franz Schulze
  • The Seagram Building: Building Blocks Series by Ezra Stoller

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