Bridge to the Future: Enlarging the European Union

This Bridge to the Future: Enlarging the European Union unit also includes:

The political, social, and economic challenges the European Union faces as it enlarges is the focus of a six-lesson unit. Class members investigate and craft a presentation about a member country, the treaties member states must sign, and EU issues like weighted voting and subsidies.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Add to the research list countries that have joined the EU since 2004 and countries on the candidate list
  • Flip lessons one and five, and ask class members to read the backgrounder information out of class before returning for a full class discussion
Classroom Considerations

  • The guide, published in 2005, contains some dated material and does not acknowledge countries added since 2004 or candidate countries
  • The resource predates Brexit
Pros

  • The 85-page packet includes an overview of the curriculum with six plans, links to related websites, maps, articles, worksheets, a quiz with answer key; and an appendix of related materials that includes information sheets on member countries
Cons

  • While the curriculum does ask class members to investigate some the issues the EU faces, the heavy focus on lecture format may challenge some learners