⁣⁣Lesson Plan: Unveiling the Majesty: Exploring the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

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⁣⁣Lesson Plan: Unveiling the Majesty: Exploring the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception


Grade Level: K-12

Objective: By the end of this lesson, students will be able to understand the historical and architectural significance of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and appreciate its cultural and religious importance.

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.3: Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.4: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.7: Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

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

Procedure:

1. Introduction (5 minutes):
- Begin the lesson by showing pictures or videos of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, capturing its grandeur.
- Engage students by asking them what they notice about the building and if they have ever visited a religious site like this.

2. Research and Discussion (15 minutes):
- Instruct students to research and find information about the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, focusing on its historical and architectural significance.
- Encourage students to explore topics such as the construction process, architectural styles, and religious symbolism.
- Allow students to discuss their findings in small groups or pairs.

3. Presentations (15 minutes):
- Have each group or pair present their research findings to the class, highlighting the main historical and architectural aspects they discovered.
- Encourage students to use appropriate vocabulary and visual aids (such as images or diagrams) to enhance their presentations.

4. Class Discussion (10 minutes):
- Lead a class discussion on the main historical and architectural aspects shared during the presentations.
- Ask students to reflect on the cultural and religious importance of the Basilica and its impact on visitors.

5. Reflection and Wrap-up (5 minutes):
- Have students individually write a short paragraph reflecting on what they learned from the lesson and whether they would like to visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
- Allow a few students to share their reflections with the class, if time permits.

Common Core Labels Correlations:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.3
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.4
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.7

Join me for walking tour of the Basilica in Washington, D.C. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is a large Catholic minor basilica and national shrine located in Washington, D.C., United States of America.The shrine is the largest Catholic church in the United States and in North America, and the tallest habitable building in Washington, D.C. Its construction of Neo-Byzantine architecture began on September 23, 1920, with renowned contractor John McShain and was completed on December 8, 2017, with the dedication and solemn blessing of the Trinity Dome mosaic.

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