To understand how the many states and kingdoms of Italy joined together to form a unified nation-state.
1 class period
The lesson begins by reading with the class introductory paragraphs and directions for the map exercise. During the map exercise, students read through a timeline summarizing the steps which brought about the unification of Italy. They begin by reading event number 1, then complete the mapwork described at the end of the paragraph.
Example: Event 1
1832-1852: In 1832, a nationalist named Giuseppe Mazzini organized “Young Italy,” a group of Italian patriots dedicated to making Italy a free and independent country. In 1849, Victor Emmanuel, the ruler of Sardinia, was given the title “King of Italy.” Three years later, Camillo di Cavour became prime minister of Sardinia and pledged to drive out the Austrians and unite Italy. Lightly shade the KINGDOM OF SARDINIA on the map.
You can help students get started on the map exercise by going through event 1 with them. Then assign events 2-6 for individual work. The activity concludes with a series of completion questions and three Thought Questions based on the unification of Italy. The Thought Questions require brief written answers and help students develop critical thinking skills.
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 later in the school year.