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Design Your Own Bedroom Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

With this lesson plan, your students will practice thinking about space in terms of both specific function and design. Then, they will apply those ideas to a visual design project of their own.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the functional use of habitational space
  • Critically analyze and discuss the function and structuring of a bedroom
  • Visualize and physically depict a 3-dimensional design on a 2-dimensional surface

Length

45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1.C

Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.2.D

Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic and convey a style appropriate to the discipline and context as well as to the expertise of likely readers.

Materials

  • Paper
  • Pens, colored pencils, markers
  • Scissors
  • Tape, glue
  • A printer
  • Internet access

Vocabulary

  • Bedroom
  • Floor plan
  • Layout
  • Fixtures
  • Furniture
  • Habitation
  • Interior design

Instructions

  • Begin by asking students to make a quick and basic sketch of their bedrooms. Ask them to think about what sorts of items can be found in the bedroom as well as the way the space is arranged and used.
  • Show students a slideshow of various kinds of bedrooms. Try to include basic suburban homes and apartments as well as royal palaces, hotels, ancient Roman/Greek rooms, and even nomadic rooms inside mobile habitation structures.
  • Ask students the following:
    • What constitutes a bedroom?
    • From these images, how has the meaning of a bedroom changed over time? How has it stayed the same? What furniture items define the bedroom?
    • What does a bedroom mean for people of your age in our society? How do our concepts of personal space define this? How and why do we segregate this space from other rooms within a house?

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