Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Zaha Hadid, and supports the standard of  relating artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display an image of a building designed  by Zaha Hadid, like this one of the Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan:

Ask students:

  • What do you notice about this building?
  • What does it make you feel or think about?

Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Students take the Zaha Hadid Challenge and Quiz, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Step 4: DEEPEN and EXTEND

Students express what they learned about Zaha Hadid while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a talk-show style interview with Zaha Hadid discussing key moments in her career.
  • Make-a-Map: Create a concept map identifying Hadid’s influences, and how she interpreted them in her architectural designs. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum with artifacts that represent Hadid’s experiences and achievements.  

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