Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Wisconsin's Built Environment; Teacher's Guide and Student Materials
By Bobbie Malone and Vivian Greblo
68 pages with 75 b/w photos and illus. and 1 map, 20 perforated cards with 40 duotone photos, 8.5 x 11" (in a 9.5 x 12" folder)Buy
If buildings could talk, they would tell us all about the people who built them, maintained them (or allowed them to deteriorate), found new uses for them, and inhabit them now. Students can find out a great deal about Wisconsin history and the history of their local communities by studying the built environment.
"Wisconsin's Built Environment" introduces students to a selection of the structures that together tell some of our state's many stories. This is a resource folder similar in format to "Another Look: Wisconsin Photographs Past and Present." It contains 22 pairs of photographs on separate perforated pieces of 8.5" x 11" inch card stock and a 68-page Teacher's Guide with background information and suggestions for classroom activities and student explorations. This resource series encourages students to get out into the local community and explore history through real-life investigations.
"Wisconsin's Built Environment" includes structures from every region of the state, chosen for uniqueness or typicality, and organized according to building type and function.
Public Places showcases capitols, courthouses, libraries, schools, places of worship, main streets, and railroad stations; Neighborhood Places lets students examine several examples of domestic architecture, from nineteenth-century farmsteads to twentieth-century apartments; Work Places is a category that offers a sampling of barn types and industrial settings; Places Between and Beyond offers examples of structures such as gas stations, restaurants, private and public retreats, state parks, and "roadside architecture," all of which are linked to automobiles and tourists.
This resource folder also includes an illustrated glossary suitable for use as a hand-out and several other black-line masters to help launch an in-depth classroom exploration.