The Union of the Crowns Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the unification of Great Britain. Students will read a text lesson that explains what the United Kingdom is and how it became united. Discuss content, apply in hands-on, interactive ways and take a quiz to test understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the Union of the Crowns
  • describe events leading to the Union of the Crowns
  • discuss the impact of the Union of the Crowns


1 - 1.5 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Union of the Crowns
  • King James VI of Scotland
  • Union Jack
  • Acts of Union

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Review or teach students about the organization of the current United Kingdom. Distribute maps and allow students to locate and identify countries.
  • Discuss how these countries operate, explaining their dependence and independence from one another.

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