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Middle school students visiting the Old State Capitol will be given the chance to split into teams to investigate different aspects of the building such as the role of the capitol, how technology changed over time and how decogrative elements also served a function. Each team will report back its findings. These activities provide a deeper knowledge of the history and the humanity of the building.

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

Design your own tessellated pattern and justify your design by explaining your choices

Compare images of other state capitols and territories to the Old State Capitol

Discuss the front door of the Old State Capitol - Writing/Research/Discussion exercise

Compare our national treasure to others - Writing exercise

Discover bright ideas from the OSC "lanterns" - Writing exercise

Create an online timeline of your life and incorporate world events

Write your own Haiku-inspired verse and tweet at #laoldstatecapitol

Middle School Standards

The Democratic Press

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