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History class, 7th grade - Unification of Germany


History class 7th grade - Unification of Germany

Equipment needed: computer and projector, laptops, tablets or printed handouts.

The activity involved 20 students and it lasted 50 minutes

Learning outcomes:

- to learn about Unification of Germany – context, implications, maps etc.

- To understand the European historic context of the unification of Germany

- To learn the importance of Wilhelm I and Bismark and their actions in the context of unification

- Understand the context using an interactive map

- to use youtube videos about Bismark for listening skills

Linguistic outcomes:

– read English texts fluently

– reflect on their reading experience and share it with their peers

– improve listening/reading/note-taking skills

– get the main ideas from a passage

– enrich scientific vocabulary

– give opinions and pieces of advice

Areas of improvement: Students need to be encouraged to practice their English. Students with less mastery of English can feel they are left out or can have trouble following the lesson. The teacher should strive to engage with the whole class, let the students express themselves even if they make mistakes. It can go as far away as allowing students to share their thoughts in their native language and then translate them in English. It is important to have a casual and open atmosphere during class and bridge the teacher student gap.