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Housing Styles Portfolio

Time Frame:
2 class periods that run 45 minutes each.

Group Size:


This lesson will help students identify and recognize the different housing styles and their architectural time periods.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Interior Design II
Strand 2 Standard 2

Identify the American adaptations of housing styles such as:

Type Picture Key Elements
Log cabin Overlapping logs at corners, came from Sweden
Tudor Revival of Old English Style using half-timbering roof
Spanish Arcade, bartile roof, stucco, black wrought iron
Salt box 2 stories in front, 1 story in back long rear roofline
Cape Cod Symmetrical, one to one stories, clapboard siding and central door and chimney
Georgian Symmetrical, 2 stories, dentil trim, double hung windows with 9-10 panes, quoins, pilasters around paneled door, often has two chimneys.
Federal Symmetrical front, 3-4 stories, graduated windows where the windows get shorter with each floor or story, rectangular, belt-course between stories, front door with fanlights and sidelights, balustrade.
Greek Revival 2 story columns, large pediment towards street
Victorian Queen Anne Tower, wraparound porch, gingerbread, fish scale shingles
Prairie Horizontal lines, low-pitched roofs with overhanging eaves
Craftsman/Bungalow Deep front porch, exposed rafters, wide columns, shed dormers
Contemporary Clean simple lines, large windows, flat

Career Connections:

  • Interior Design/Architecture

Students can use magazines to find pictures of each architectural style or they may use a websearch site on the computer. My students used the Google website to search for images. They will also need a folder or 3-ring binder to put the finished project in.

Background For Teachers:
Teachers should have prior knowledge of the different architectural/housing styles from the seventeeth century through the twentieth century.

Student Prior Knowledge:
Students should have basic knowledge of the different housing styles and their distinguishing features.

Intended Learning Outcomes:
Students will able to recognize and identify different architectural/housing styles and the features that make up each style.

Instructional Procedures:
Each student will be given a list of the architectural/housing styles that are required for the portfolio. Explain to the students that they will need to find a clear picture of each style. They will have a separate page for each style. Each page will have a title, a picture, and a list of the style's distinguishing features. Each student is responsible for knowing and finding the distinguishing features for each style. Their textbooks are excellent sources (We used Homes: Today and Tomorrow. They will also need to have a dividing section page that designates the time period for each group of housing styles. Allow them to be creative in their page design using colored pages, color print, and fancy fonts. The more creative the better.

Assessment Plan:
Use the attached assessment sheet to score projects.


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Created Date :
Jun 23 2005 10:43 AM