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Students explore the artwork of Keith Haring and discover the messages in his art. In this Berlin Wall art instructional activity, students recognize the significance of the Berlin Wall through the study of an artwork. Students sketch a political issue they can relate to.
Students examine the events surrounding the Berlin Blockade. In this Cold War lesson, 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.
“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.
Students investigate the Berlin Blockade. In this World War II lesson plan, 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.
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.
Students outline the history of the Berlin wall and explain its significance, identify, analyze and interpret artists' work on the wall, predict the future of paintings on the wall, and compose a short research paper. This lesson is Part One of a 12-week Art Unit and lasts two weeks.
Students will analyze and describe how the events that occurred in the City of Berlin are symbolic of the Cold War. Students will view a series of photographs that deal with different events that occurred in the city from 1947, Berlin Airlift, to1989, fall of the Berlin Wall.
Museums that house art also house history. Take a look inside the Altes Museum in Berlin with a great presentation that provides background on the construction and history of the museum. Image and text will help learners conceptualize the Greek inspirations for the museum itself as well as its collection on German Romantic pieces.
High schoolers examine the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). In this NATO lesson, students research the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech, and the Berlin airlift and how they related to the policy of containment. High schoolers share their findings and complete a worksheet that requires them to label NATO countries and respond to questions about NATO's function.
Through a series of readings and handouts, learners will study the shifts in perception that followed the fall of the Berlin Wall. The history lesson focuses on periods of change in post WWII German history that led to a changed perspective. Handouts and readings are not included.