Cathedral: David Macaulay

Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction

Author/Illustrator: David Macaulay
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Year: 1973
Brief Summary: Macaulay gives readers a detailed look into the construction of the Gothic cathedral.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

  • Why is the cathedral so important to the people of Europe?  Why did the people of France/Chutreaux (fictional) decide to build a cathedral?
  • History lesson on Europe in the 13th century
  • What were some of the challenges the builders faced when they were building the cathedral?
  • What are some design features that particularly moved you?
  • Art: design your own cathedral or building…what important features would you include and why?

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

  • Art: designing and building structures
  • Science: simple machines
  • Social Studies: culture, history of 13th century Europe

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. preface and glossary
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

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