Students will propose an architectural solution (e.g., new building, renovation, plaza, courtyard) for their community. Proposals will consider the impact of new economic development on communities using Southdale Center in Minnesota, the first regional shopping mall, as a case study. This lesson focuses on critical thinking skills, enabling students to understand the consequences, both intended and unintended, of economic development.
Time: 2 class sessions, plus independent student work
This lesson addresses selected standards from the McRel Standards for Economics. These can be found in the section titled “Social Studies Standards.”
Preparation and resources for teaching this lesson are found in the section titled “Social Studies Preparation and Resources.”
Instructions for teaching this lesson are found in the section titled “Social Studies Instruction.”
The PBS television program, 10 Buildings that Changed America, provides lesson plans in four additional subjects: Art, English Language Arts, Science, and Mathematics. All five lessons are combined in an interdisciplinary unit: One Building to Change My Community.
This Social Studies lesson can be paired with another 10 Buildings that Changed America lesson plan to create interdisciplinary connections.