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Students examine a document from the Berlin Airlift in order to research his important event in World History.
Berlin Wall lesson plans can teach students how this barrier divided a country and why it gained so much international attention.
Students examine the events surrounding the Berlin Blockade. In this Cold War instructional activity, students discover details about the Berlin Blockade and the Berlin Airlift. Students examine primary sources and conduct further research about the events and write letters from the perspectives of people involved in the airlift.
Students investigate the Berlin Blockade. In this World War II lesson, students discover details about the Berlin Blockade and the Berlin Airlift. Students examine primary sources and conduct further research about the events. Students compose letters from the perspectives of people involved in the airlift.
Students examine the impact of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In this Cold War instructional activity, students analyze the "Brandenburg Gate Speech," delivered by Ronald Reagan and explore the reasons that communism did not flourish in the Soviet Union.
Students enter the classroom and observe a wall that is set up with desks, bookshelves, or anything else available. to create a barrier that they cannot cross during the class. The class then is divided into East and West Berlin with the wall between them.
Here is a very informative video on the origins of the Berlin Wall, how it effectively divided Berlin, and the events that led to its demise and the reunification of the German people. This would be an excellent video to show during any unit of study on Germany, or a study of communism vs. democracy.
When East and West Germany were divided, people swam lakes, climbed trains, and jumped out of windows in an attempt to reach West Berlin. Why was the wall erected? Show your high schoolers this moving video.
Many walls came down at the end of the 1980s. Not only was the Berlin Wall finally taken down, but communist control in East Germany ended, too. Watch this short video clip to illustrate the emotions that the German people had due to this life-changing series of events.
Students investigate the rationale for the formation of NATO in the face of a nascent Cold War. They use the Internet to access primary sources from the era and analyze the blockade of Berlin as the impetus for formation of NATO.
Mickey Mouse, Elmo, and Tintin? Belgian cartoonist Georges (Herge) Remi’s famous comic character launches a study of primary and secondary source material and the impact these sources have on storytelling. Class members also examine the work of Jason Lutes and his comic series Berlin before researching an unfamiliar culture and crafting their own illustrated adventure narrative.
Learners examine the events behind the destruction of the Berlin Wall and the continued struggles to truly unify the former East Germany and West Germany.
Students explore the artwork of Keith Haring and discover the messages in his art. For this Berlin Wall art lesson, students recognize the significance of the Berlin Wall through the study of an artwork. Students sketch a political issue they can relate to.
“Ich bin ein Berliner.” Here’s the full text of John F. Kennedy’s famous address delivered to the people of Berlin on June 26, 1963. The resource could be used as part of a study of Kennedy’s presidency, of rhetorical devices, or as practice for the DBQ portion of the AP exam. The video of Kennedy honoring Berliners is available on YouTube.
Through a series of readings and handouts, learners will study the shifts in perception that followed the fall of the Berlin Wall. The history instructional activity focuses on periods of change in post WWII German history that led to a changed perspective. Handouts and readings are not included.
In this Berlin Wall learning exercise, learners do research to find information about the wall built to separate East and West Germany. Using that information, students answer 4 short essay questions.
In this research worksheet, students use the Internet or other sources to find information about the Berlin Wall. Students use this information to answer 4 general short essay questions.
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 6 matching questions about the Berlin Blockade. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
In this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 6 matching questions about the Berlin Wall. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Tenth graders describe cartoons and photos from the Berlin Airlift and put them into a historical context. After a lecture/demo, each pair of students be asked to describe what they see in the photos. They then write a caption for each photo.