ERIC Number: ED463191
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
The Vieux Carre: A Creole Neighborhood in New Orleans. Teaching with Historic Places.
The French Quarter ("Vieux Carre" in French) is the heart and soul of modern New Orleans (Louisiana), serving as a continuous reminder of the city's Creole, colonial past. The French Quarter, lying barely above sea level, hugs the bank of the Mississippi River. Buildings with wrought-iron balconies crowd each other and the narrow streets. This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file, Vieux Carre Historic District, and other source materials. The lesson can be used in teaching units on colonial history, western expansion in the 18th- and 19th-century United States, or multiculturalism. It is divided into eight sections: "About This Lesson"; "Getting Started: Inquiry Question"; "Setting the Stage: Historical Context"; "Locating the Site: Maps" (French Claim to North America, 1754; Spanish Claims, 1763; Louisiana Purchase, 1803; Mississippi Delta, 1720; Plan of New Orleans, 1720); "Determining the Facts: Readings" (History of Settlement in Louisiana; Creoles and Creoles of Color); "Visual Evidence: Images" (Vieux Carre street scenes; Aerial view of a typical block; Dependency structure and outbuildings; Facade of a Creole townhouse; Facade of a Porte-Corchere Creole townhouse; Facade of an American townhouse; Floor plan of a Creole townhouse; Floor plan of a Port-Corchere-Creole townhouse); "Putting It All Together: Activities" (Architectural Change; Researching Creole Culture; Local Community; Cultural Interaction); and "Supplementary Resources." (BT)
Descriptors: Built Environment, Colonial History (United States), Creoles, Cultural Pluralism, Heritage Education, Historic Sites, Intermediate Grades, Primary Sources, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives
Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240. For full text: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/20vieux/20vieux .htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. National Register of Historic Places.
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana (New Orleans)