Subject Area(s): Library research

Grade Level(s): 10 - 12

Format of Library of Congress media: Images

Best Instructional Practices


U.S. History: 1877 to present


Computer Technologies


Lesson Summary

Suspension bridges are a major type of bridge design and, despite an ambiguous history, are especially suited to long spans. In this project, the learner will become familiar with the history of several important suspension bridges in the United States, particularly with the Brooklyn Bridge. The learner will think about why bridges are built and the impact they have on society, even to the point that songs are written about them.

These lessons integrate engineering classes, which design and build model bridges, American history from 1849 to the present, information literacy, research and reference skills, American government, sociology, career exploration, and music.

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All of the materials used in this lesson plan are available for downloading as PDF Files and PowerPoint files, as appropriate. PDF Files can be viewed with the free Adobe Reader.

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