Beauvoir lesson plan
The last home of the only president of the confederacy, Jefferson Davis, is located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Due to its scenic location that faces the Gulf of Mexico, this elegant home was given the name Beauvoir, which means “beautiful view.” If houses could tell their own history, this national landmark would certainly have many stories to tell of its former occupants as well as stories of the survival of natural disasters.
Mississippi Studies Framework: Competencies 1-4.
Grades 7 through 12
MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT
The student will:
OPENING THE LESSON
The teacher will ask for student volunteers to answer the following questions:
The teacher will inform the class that they will learn about the history of one of Mississippi’s most well-known national historic landmarks today in class—Beauvoir.
DEVELOPING THE LESSON
Ask the students to construct a timeline that lists eight significant events in the history of Beauvoir that are mentioned in the Mississippi History Now article. Students can work alone or with a partner for this portion of the lesson. There may be a need to review with the students the process of creating a timeline. Students can also be asked to list national events that occurred at the same time on this timeline of Beauvoir history.
After the students have completed the timelines ask for student volunteers to share major events they have listed on their timelines. The teacher can draw a timeline on the chalkboard and allow student volunteers to come to the board to list their events. The teacher will lead a discussion of the history of Beauvoir as events are placed on timeline.
Students can continue to work alone or with a partner for this portion of the lesson. Students will be instructed to write an acrostic poem about Beauvoir. Remind the students that to write an acrostic poem, they will write the word Beauvoir vertically. Each letter will be used as a prompt to write a statement about the history and/or design of Beauvoir.
B reezes captured by the high ceilings and large windows
CONCLUDING THE LESSON
ASSESSING STUDENT LEARNING
EXTENDING THE LESSON
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