German Unification Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Introduce students to the events and figures involved in German unification with a lesson. Use the lesson plan to reinforce key dates by having students organize what they learn into a visual timeline.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • relate political and strategic causes to subsequent effects in German unification.
  • organize events related to German unification in a visual timeline.


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.


Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.


  • Begin the lesson with a short, whole-class discussion reviewing any information already covered on the Age of Nationalism. Write pertinent information on the board to help students frame the lesson.
  • Show students the video lesson The Unification of Germany: Summary, Timeline & Events. (Encourage students to take notes on major events and themes.)
  • Pause the video at 0:48. Ask students what difficulties an area might endure in situations like the one described--in which many lands under one ruling body are operated independently of one another. What implications might this fractured system have on economics? Social systems?
  • Resume the video and play through the end. Remind students to take notes as they watch.

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