⁣Lesson Plan: Discovering Dupont Circle: A Biking Tour of Historic Landmarks

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⁣Lesson Plan: Discovering Dupont Circle: A Biking Tour of Historic Landmarks

Grade Level: K-12

Objective: By the end of this lesson, students will be able to explore the historic landmarks and cultural significance of Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. through a virtual biking tour. Students will gain knowledge about local history, architecture, and community development while developing an appreciation for physical fitness and outdoor exploration.

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.3: Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical or scientific text based on specific information in the text.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.7: Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.

- Access to the internet or library resources
- Paper and pencils


1. Introduction (5 minutes):
- Begin the lesson by discussing the importance of local history and how it shapes a community's identity.
- Show images or videos of Dupont Circle and its landmarks to engage students' interest and curiosity.

2. Research and Discussion (15 minutes):
- Instruct students to research and find information about Dupont Circle, its historical background, and cultural significance.
- Encourage students to explore topics such as the founding of Dupont Circle, notable landmarks, and influential historical events.
- Allow students to discuss their findings in small groups or pairs.

3. Virtual Biking Tour (15 minutes):
- Guide students through a virtual biking tour of Dupont Circle, using online resources or multimedia presentations.
- Highlight key landmarks, historical sites, and architectural gems, discussing their significance and connections to the local community.

4. Class Discussion (10 minutes):
- Lead a class discussion on the main ideas and key details explored during the virtual biking tour.
- Analyze how the historical events and cultural heritage of Dupont Circle have contributed to shaping the community and its identity.
- Discuss the connections between different landmarks and their historical significance.

5. Reflection and Wrap-up (5 minutes):
- Have students individually write a short paragraph reflecting on what they learned from the lesson and their thoughts on the importance of preserving local history and cultural heritage.
- Allow a few students to share their reflections with the class, if time permits.

Common Core Labels Correlations:

Join me for a biking tour around Dupont Circle in Washington D.C.

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