Castle: David Macaulay


Author/Illustrator: David Macaulay
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Year: 1977
Brief Summary: Anyone interested in architecture and history would love Macaulay’s detailed step-by-step look at how a castle goes from conception to being built.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

  • Virtual tour of a Welsh castle
  • Use as part of history lesson (13th century England/Wales).  How did the people at the time use castles to defend themselves?  What are some defensive features of the castle in Macaulay’s book?
  • Science: what are some of the simple machines used to build the castle?  Do we still use these machines today?  Discuss each kind of simple machine, and have students come up with their own examples.
  • Have students design their own castle…or even another kind of structure — home, library, hospital…what features will they have?  Have them label important design features and explain why they are included.
  • Second graders at my kids’ school build gingerbread houses in 2nd grade as part of their unit on community.  Instead of gingerbread houses, build castles and other structures using a variety of materials.  Have classrooms collaborate to build an entire village…make sure important buildings are included.

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Art: designing and building castles and other structures
  • Science: simple machines
  • Social Studies: English/Welsh history in the 13th century

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. Preface & Glossary
Accessed at: Signal Mountain Library


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