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Chapter 10 Section 1, Lesson Plan: Building a German Nation

Lesson Objectives: The goal in this lesson is to teach about the creation of a united German

state. This lesson will cover chapter 10 section 1 in the students text book. This will be the first

lesson in a series of 5. The completion of his chapter will take approximately 5 days. During this

lesson, students will be lead through the narrative of the German people beginning with

Napoleons expansion into the German territories, and ending with the Franco-Prussian War of


Lesson Objectives listed in Blooms Taxonomy Format:

Students will be able to identify the unique situation by which the German Confederation

was formed.
Students will demonstrate their understanding of Germanys unification through a written

Students will interpret their understanding of the unification of Germany in essay format.

School Standards: Taken directly from the Homewood High School Grade 9 Social Studies

Learning Targets.

b) I can define nationalism and describe its origins and growth in Europe.

c) I can identify the causes and effects of the revolutions in the Balkans, France, Austria, Russia

and Germany and analyze the effects of nationalism or liberalism in these revolutions.

d) I can identify the key players in and compare and contrast the unification movements of Italy
and Germany.

Pre Instructional Activities: Leading up to this class period this class period, Mrs. Delahay will

cover nationalism in class. This will give the students an introduction to the meaning of

nationalism and lends itself to an introduction into my lesson on the German state.

To begin the class day, I will hand students one note card of a random color and one red note

card. Introducing the students to the topic, I will make it clear that I am Napoleon, the French

Emperor. At this point, I will tell students to place the blue notecard on their desk. The blue

notecard represents independent German States (each row of students will represent one German

speaking territory.) As I conquer territory, students will switch from the blue to the red note

cards on their desks. After I have taken over the whole room or all German territory they will

band together and defeat Napoleon (instructor), and they will establish a unified German

Confederation. This activity will serve a multifaceted purpose. Foremost, this will get the

students involved in the class and it will also give them a brief, fun introduction into the

immediate history of Germany leading into the lesson.

Directed Teaching: After the students have created a unified German Confederation, I will

begin instruction on the unification of the German Confederation, covering the events that we

have just demonstrated during the class period. In this section I will discuss the brief period that

Napoleon ruled over German territories. Next I plan to cover Otto Von Bismarck. In order to

continue encouraging student involvement, I will designate one student to play the role of

Bismarck. I will proceed to cover the content information regarding Otto Von Bismarck, his

political nature, all the while using the selected student as an example. My goal is to discuss the

changes taking place in the German Confederation and Otto Von Bismarcks rise to power.
Following the instruction about Bismarck, I will discuss the changes that Bismarck made in

Prussia and other German states including strengthening the army, declaring war on Denmark,

and the Austro-Prussian War. Finally, I plan to end the lecture portion of this class period

explaining the Franco-Prussian War.

There will be a power point accompanying this lecture in order to direct student note taking and

assist with visual cues.

Guided practice: After I reach the Franco Prussian War, I plan to ask the students to take out a

sheet of paper. On this piece of paper I will ask the students to give me a paragraph of 5-7

sentences that recalls the information that was covered in class.

After the writing exercise I will hand out the Chapter 10, Section 1 reading guide. This

worksheet will cover the textbook chapter supporting the content presented in the lesson. The

information that the text book provides supports the students understanding of this lesson and

gives students a solid review which will help them prepare for the second day of class. If the

students do not finish this worksheet in class it will be home work. At the end of the unit, this

work will serve as a study support for the exam at the end of the unit.

Formative Evaluation: The formative evaluation of this lesson will come with the written

assignment after the lecture. I will ask students to write the story of the unification of Germany

in their own words in one paragraph. This will force the students to synthesize the information

presented during the class period. Asking the students to recall and translate the class material

will help to solidify their understanding of the lesson content. This will also allow me to see that

students understand the presented material and ensure that the classes are ready to move forward

on day two.
Differentiating Instruction: This lessons presentation is lecture based with an emphasis on

student interaction with the topic. Students can still be supported in several ways. If students are

having a hard time understand the content, a graphic organizer could easily be made to assist

students in note taking and the organizing the presented material. Students could also be given a

map of German territory during this period, in order to help them visualize the area of land that

will be discussed. There will also be a power point that students may have copies of if there is

the need for students to follow along with the lecture. The formative assessment for this lesson

will be easily adjusted depending on student needs. Students who have a firm understanding for

the content will be expected to give a better narrative response in their writing at the end of the

class period. Students with learning disabilities will be accommodated depending on their needs

but they will be held to their highest possible standard of learning.

Closure: At the end of the class period, students will hand in their recall paragraph. This process

will allow students to review the information form the class period and will allow students to

think about information they may not understand and ask questions in a safe environment.

Students will also be reminded that they have homework to do for the next day of class.
Resources: The textbook used for this class is the Prentice Hall World History From 1500-

Present. The Chapter used in this lesson is Chapter 10, and this lesson specifically focuses on

section 1.