Education:Scraping the Sky


9th grade/World History

Time Required for completed lesson

1-2 class periods



Common Core State Standards

RH.9-10.2. Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

RH.9-10.3. Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
RH.9-10.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

Materials Required

Copies, computer/screen access, board, coloring utensils

Anticipatory Set

Students will write 1-2 paragraphs to answer the question “How would the world be different today if there had never been the invention of the skyscraper?”


1. Students will pair up with a classmate to discuss the similarities and differences of their paragraphs

2. Utilizing the chalkboard, white board, SmartBoard, etc., the students will put their ideas together for everyone to see all the different thought processes and will then brainstorm for any additional ideas that could develop

3. Using the “Development of the Skyscraper” worksheet, the students will note the unique pieces of the skyscrapers that advance through the PowerPoint presentation.


Either independently or with a partner, the students will take the pieces they wrote on their worksheets and design their own skyscraper on the “Scraping the Sky” worksheet.


Technology, history, deaf studies, language arts


Students can work closely with a teacher to be sure they are on task; “Scraping the Sky” can be taken home for homework if needed


Students will present their skyscrapers to their classmates, who will vote on whose is the best.

Advancement of the Skyscraper Powerpoint

Scraping The Sky Worksheet

Development of Skyscraper Worksheet