To become familiar with the events that led to the unification of West Germany and East Germany after more than 40 years of division.
1 class period
The lesson begins by reading with the class two introductory paragraphs about how most of Germany was in ruins after World War II, and divided into four zones occupied by Allied Powers.
Class members will then continue the activity by filling in missing words in a series of sentences arranged into the following sections:
• The Division of Germany
• West Germany
• East Germany
• The Unification of East and West Germany
The first and last letters of each answer are given as clues.
This lesson can be turned into a fun contest between individual class members, or pairs, to see who can come up with the most correct answers by the end of the period. You can also present it as a game by dividing the class into two teams that will take turns trying to identify the correct answers as you read through the story with them.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment or used as a review exercise.