Major Cities of Europe Teacher Resources
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Rise of the Modern City
Students analyze art that depicts the modern city and the effects the modern world had on artists. In this art analysis lesson, students view examples of modern city art and answer questions for each example. Students research Derain's paintings and answer questions. Students research a city plan of Dresden and write a letter describing the city. Students research the changes in Paris and name impacts the town planning had on daily life.
Ybor City Historic District
Students analyze the role cigar making played in Ybor City. They examine how cigars are made and the different societies who helped immigrants keep their identify. They compare and contrast their own community to Ybor City.
Seventh graders explore the geography of Eastern and Western Europe. They compare and constrast the culture of Jewish people from Eastern and Western Europe. They analyze deportation and confinement in concentration camps, using personal testimonies.
East Meets West: Effects of the Crusades
Seventh graders examine the Crusades. In this Middle East history activity, 7th graders research the series of religious wars. Students compare the culture of the Europe and the Middle East before and after the wars and then compose essays regarding their research findings.
The Exchange, Destruction and Reconstruction of Architectural Signs and Symbols in Mexico-Tenochtitlan: A History of Order and Power
Fifth graders use the internet to research the history of cultures throughout the world. In groups, they disucss the meaning of various symbols and view Tenochtitlan as a center of power and wealth. They use everyday materials to create a model of the city and share it with the class. To end the instructional activity, they write an evaluation on their work and answer discussion questions.
The Path of the Black Death
High schoolers are able to show on a map how the Black Death moved through Europe. They summarize the direct effects of the Black Death in Europe. Students cite evidence from firsthand accounts in developing an argument that connections can, or cannot, be drawn between the plague and changes adopted by the ruling class.
Immigration into an Urban Industralized Northeast: 1879-1914
Students study how three ethnic groups were introduced to urban, industrialize, northern cities. They examine how these groups were greeted and accepted be the 'native born' Americans and how successful they were in assimilating with that 'native born' population.
Ninth graders work in groups of two or three to plan a trip through Europe. They present a storyboard for approval, outlining their graphics and display pages. They present their trip to the class using PowerPoint. This is displayed on classroom TV.
From Medieval Times to Today
Students create a map that depicts trade routes in Medieval times. In this economic lesson, students discuss the concept of trade in the Middle Ages. Students make a map of Europe and Asia where they identify medieval trade routes and discuss the commodities of the time.
HISTORICAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ANALYSIS
Students examine a variety of maps and documents to identify physical and cultural features of neighborhoods, cities, states, and countries, to explain the historical migration of people, expansion and disintegration of empires, and the growth of economy.
What They Left Behind: Early Multi-National Influences in the United States
Students examine how the European voyages of discovery influence American culture even today. They map eighteenth century Europe's impact on the United States.
Food, Glorious Food?
How are the reactions between American and European consumers different when it comes to genetically modified foods? Use the New York Times article "Consumers in Europe Resist Gene-Altered Foods" to inform your middle schoolers about the controversy, as well as to compare the reaction in America. Lead your class in a debate about whether or not genetically modified food should be available in a grocery store.
Lesson Plan C29: Promotional Leaflet for a European Country
Students navigate Internet and use Europe in the Round software as research resource to choose European country, and produce promotional leaflet that includes information, facts, and graphics that highlight richness of European culture.
Learning European Geography
Sixth graders discover locations and countries in Europe by identifying them on a map. In this European geography activity, 6th graders read the book The Lost Little Elephant, with their class and discuss the geography referenced in the book. Students examine a map of Europe and practice naming the different continents and countries.
Geography Scavenger Hunt
Students complete a unit on geographic regions of the world. They identify various cities, countries, and geographic features on a world map, and locate information based on Internet clues.
China - the Geography of European Imperialism - Spheres of Influence in China
Ninth graders create a map of China. They identify the various spheres of influence carved out by the Imperialist powers of Europe as well as locating geographical features of china and major cities. They explain the global impact of imperialism and political and social reform in China.
Olympic Obstacle Course
Students examine the obstacles that Salt Lake City must overcome to host a successful Olympics in 2002. They draft proposals for their own city and/or state to host future Olympic Games.
Be That As It Maya
Creative projects are a great way to engage your class and can be a fun way to assess mastery! Learners create brochures and postcards that might have been created by and for travelers to ancient Mayan cities. They read and discuss the New York Times article "In Maya Ruins, Scholars See Evidence of Urban Sprawl" and explore a website on Mayan sites.
The Eagle Has Landed: Aztecs Find a Home
Students investigate the Aztec civilization and locate it on a map. They explain the legend of the city of Tenochtitan and investigate the symbolism of the Mexican flag.
Urban Daydreams: You Should See What I See
Young scholars use their perception of cities around the world to better explain what factors may affect their personal mental world maps.