For high school students, our tours and activities focus on the role of government and how we all play a part in decisions about our community and state. Once they investigate the history and the humanity of the building, students will also be challenged to debate whether a historic building like the Old State Capitol is really worth the investment?

Here are some activities you can use with students before and after your tour:

Design the capitol that reflects YOUR humanity - writing exercise

What if nobody cares?- Writing Exercise

Historical changes in detail - Writing Exercise

We the People - Action plan assignment

First person accounts of Louisiana's Old State Capitol - writing exercise

The Mall of Louisiana vs. Louisiana’s Old State Capitol - compare and contrast

Every Man A King Speech - reading and writing assignment

Write Your Own Timeline after visiting Louisiana's Old State Capitol and reading "A Brief history of the Castle"

Using this blog entry as inspiration

Write your own blog entry to defend or refute Mark Twain’s statements using architectural evidence from your visit to Louisiana's Old State Capitol.

The Democratic Process

This program is funded under a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.