Ch 15: History of Architecture Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The History of Architecture chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the building styles of the past in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the History of Architecture chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Byzantine architecture The Hagia Sophia, apse, mosaic, clerestory, pendentive
TuesdayRomanesque architectureSemicircular arch, barrel vault, groin vault, ribbed vault, campanile, arcade
WednesdayBaroque architectureThe Louvre, the Vatican, Versailles, optical illusion, symmetry
ThursdayAncient Greek architecture
Roman engineering and architecture
Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columns, frieze, triglyph, entasis
Cement, brick and mortar masonry, arch, dome
Friday19th and 20th century architectsI.M. Pei, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

5 Lessons in Chapter 15: History of Architecture Lesson Plans
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Byzantine Architecture: History, Characteristics & Examples

1. Byzantine Architecture: History, Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson, we look at the development of Byzantine architecture. We examine its relationship to the Byzantine Emperor Justinian. We then compare Byzantine architecture to early Christian architecture and enumerate the distinctly Byzantine elements of their art and architecture: central-plan, domes and pendentives. Finally, we touch briefly on how these architectural masterpieces were decorated.

Romanesque Architecture: Characteristics, Examples & History

2. Romanesque Architecture: Characteristics, Examples & History

In this lesson we fly through the various characteristics of Romanesque architecture: the semicircular arch, various sorts of vaulting, heavier construction, and the addition of increasingly intricate exteriors incorporating towers, arcades, and decorative sculpture.

Baroque Architecture: Style, Characteristics & Features

3. Baroque Architecture: Style, Characteristics & Features

This lesson explores the development of Baroque architecture. We begin in Italy by tracing the development of several Baroque themes, culminating in the Vatican itself. We then move to France, where these trends further developed, reaching their apex in Louis XIV's ambitious palace at Versailles.

Ancient Greek Architecture: Dorian, Ionic & Corinthian

4. Ancient Greek Architecture: Dorian, Ionic & Corinthian

This lecture discusses Greek architecture and its legacy. Enjoy our exploration of Greek columns, temples, stadiums, treasuries and theaters, and see why the Greeks might have reached the pinnacle of architectural achievement.

Roman Engineering and Architecture

5. Roman Engineering and Architecture

This lecture covers Roman advances in architecture and engineering. First, Rome's debt to Greece is explored. Next, Roman advances in material science are enumerated: cement, mortar and concrete. After that, we will look at a few distinctly Roman techniques: the arch and the dome.

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