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 Study.com 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.

Length

60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2

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.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.3

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

Instructions

  • 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 Study.com 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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