Shepherd's Temple Baptist Church: this demolished Church helps to illustrate two important geographic concepts, cultural landscape and sequent occupance. Read the links that follow and complete the activity described below.
PART 1: Reading
Pre-Reading: answer the questions below
1. Look at the image above: This is a picture of Shepherd's Baptist Church. Looking at this, would you think it is a Baptist Church? Why or why not?
Reading: Read each of the links below. Then choose one to annotate and hand in.
1. In Pictures: Shepherd's Temple Baptist Church
2. Preservation Chicago-Shepherd's Temple Baptist Church
3. A Last Look at Shepherd's
4. Lawndale Church set for demolition
- Choose one of the articles above and print it
- ANNOTATE it with meaning! Look for examples of cultural landscape, sense of place, perceptions of place, and sequent occupance
Post-Reading: Personal Response
Write a minimum 10 sentence paragraph that explains what you think/how you feel about the Church and the demolition. (ideas: was or wasn't it a loss? why? explain. how important is cultural landscape?)
Part 2: ACTIVITY:
Geographers who practice fieldwork keep their eyes open to the world around them and through practice become adept at reading cultural landscapes Take a walk around your neighborhood, pay attention to your surroundings on your walk/drive to school even, and try reading the cultural landscape. Choose one think in the landscape and ask yourself, "How might the existence of that thing influence the future development of the neighborhood?" Take the time to find our the answers! How did that "thing" get there? What could it be repurposed for in the future?