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The Beauty of Maps - Constantinople View

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Full details, including credits and location for the maps featured can be found on the BBC Four site.

Aims and objectives

  • To understand how maps were used as works of art.
  • To understand how scientific advances meant that maps became more widely available.
  • To begin to consider European cities.

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The lesson plan


Introduction

  1. Put up worksheet 1 on the IWB and give pupils a copy.
  2. Complete the worksheet as a class.
  3. Ask the class to imagine that they were going to visit one of those cities.
  4. Split the class into pairs and ask them to compile a list of how they would find out about the city.
  5. Ask the class to feedback their ideas.

Activity 1

  1. Explain to the class that in the latter half of the 16th Century people increasingly wanted to find out about European Cities. The invention of copper plate printing meant that maps could be copied and produced for a wider range of people. The image was drawn in reverse onto a plate of cooper using a very thin sharp steel point; the lines of the engravings were then filled with black ink. The plate was covered with paper and pressed between two large blocks of wood or metal which were gradually pushed closer and closer together. The black and white copies were sold either individually or as part of a book and the new owner paid a watercolourist to colour in the map.
  2. Play the video on the Constantinople Map. Use the teacher's transcript to pause the video clip to enable pupils to complete worksheet 2.

Activity 2

  1. Split the class into pairs.
  2. Complete the activity on page 2 of the Constantinople worksheet 2. This asks pupils to find a piece of evidence to support a statement about what historians can learn from the Map.
  3. Feedback and discuss as a class.
  4. Split the class into groups of 3-4 pupils and complete the 2nd task on Constantinople worksheet 2.
  5. Feedback and discuss as a class what they think the main priorities for creating the map were.

Activity 3

  1. The next task should be done individually and it would be a good idea to use ICT facilities and the library to research the cities they are looking at. It can be done in four ways depending upon the programme of study.

    1. Tell the class that they have to create a city maps for a city in the United Kingdom. The pupils have to imagine that they are creating something beautiful and informative for people who are visiting during the 2012 Olympics to use and then take home as a piece of commemorative art. They need to use their list of what should be in a map and the list they complied at the start of the lesson about where they would research information about cities.
    2. The class can create maps relating to local cities which the teacher had selected. The pupils have to imagine that they are creating something beautiful and informative for people who are visiting during the 2012 Olympics to use and then take home as a piece of commemorative art. They need to use their list of what should be in a map and the list they complied at the start of the lesson about where they would research information about cities.
    3. The class could individually create a map for sections of a very large city such as London, Manchester, Belfast, Glasgow or Cardiff. The pupils have to imagine that they are creating something beautiful and informative for people who are visiting during the 2012 Olympics to use and then take home as a piece of commemorative art. Once they have completed the sections they can create a large wall display.
    4. Look at European and World capitals and compile a map. They need to use their list of what should be in a map and the list they complied at the start of the lesson about where they would research information about cities.


  2. Hand out pupil guidelines from the Constantinople Worksheet 3, on how to create a map. There will need to be facilities for pupils to photocopy and/or print a black and white copy of a map. They could make the initial drawing but it may take ages. In large cities they should concentrate on the city centre area.

Plenary

Using the evidence from the map, each pupil should complete the sentence "..................... shows that a map can be both useful and a beautiful piece of art".

Extension

  1. Complete further research on their city.
  2. Pupils could do one of the tasks from activity 3 that they did not do.
  3. Look at the information on the BBC Four: Beauty of Maps site and find out more about this map and other historic maps.


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