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Students examine a document from the Berlin Airlift in order to research his important event in World History.
Students explore the artwork of Keith Haring and discover the messages in his art. In 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.
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 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 activity, 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.
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.
High schoolers 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 examine the impact of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In this Cold War lesson, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students 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 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. Students 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 instructional activity focuses on periods of change in post WWII German history that led to a changed perspective. Handouts and readings are not included.
Students define and discuss critical analysis. They are introduced to the vocabulary. Students are told that the artist was born in Berlin, Germany, but he spent most of his life in Italy. They discuss the climate, location, and language of Italy.
Students utilize web sites imbedded in this plan to gather information on Emile Berliner and Thomas Edison with respect to their inventions of music players. A class discussion follow on the two men and their contributions.
Students examine the relationship between the US and Eastern Europe. In this cold war lesson, students will analyze the Cold War using a timeline and the 'Brandenburg Gate Speech'. Students will engage in a discussion and write a 5 paragraph essay.