A House is a Home - 1846
Students will examine drawings and floor plans of homes from the
1840s to determine what homes were like during that time period
and how they compare to homes today.
- Drawings and floor plans of homes from
Godey's Magazine and Lady's Book(all four examples could be made into transparencies).
Floor Plan 1
Floor Plan 2
- Samples of home designs from magazines (Better Homes
and Garden, Architecture Digest, etc.)
- Paper, crayons and markers
- What were the homes like in 1840?
- How was the interior space of a home used?
- What differences and similarities are there between the homes
of the 1840s and homes of the 1990s?
- Discuss with students the variety of "homes" today
- houses, apartments, doubles, trailers, etc. There are many different
types of homes, as well as different styles of homes and they
have changed through time. Example - the first homes in Cleveland
were log cabins. By the 1840s a new style of home was being built.
Today we are going to see what type of home was being built in
- Share with students a few examples of home drawings from magazines
- Project on the overhead the two drawings of homes from Godey's,
explaining that these are examples of homes from a magazine from
1846. Let students discuss the architecture, windows, doors, roof.
Count the number of rooms, decorations, chimneys, etc.
- Present the transparency of a floor plan. Lead the students
on an imaginary tour of the house. Begin at the front door. As
you walk students through the house, stop in each room, announcing
what it is. Ask the students what they think will be in this room.
As they list things, remind them that this is 1846 (no TV, VCR,
Computers, air conditioners, electricity, etc.)
- When the tour is complete, ask students how this house is
the same or different than homes today.
- Distribute paper to students and ask them to take a tour through
their house. Have them draw a floor plan of their home, labeling
and identifying the rooms like the magazine drawing. Younger students
may want to draw only one room of their house - the kitchen, their
Have older students visualize a tour through their home and then
have them describe it in writing, including directions of the
tour, and descriptions of the rooms.