To become familiar with events in Europe during the post-World War II period.
1 class period
The lesson begins by reading with the class a brief introductory paragraph about how Great Britain, France, and other countries of Western Europe faced many difficult problems in the years after the Second World War.
Students then work individually, or with a partner, to answer a series of twelve questions pertaining to the lesson topic. Each of the twelve questions is followed by three statements (a, b, and c), which serve as clues. Here is an example:
(1) What country is being described below?
(a) Much of it was in ruins at the end of World War II.
(b) People faced food shortages and the threat of disease.
(c) In 1945, the victorious Allies divided this country into two parts. The western zone was occupied by Great Britain, France, and the United States. The eastern zone was controlled by the Soviet Union. Reunification was expected within a few years, but in fact did not take place until 1990.
Class members can use their textbooks, encyclopedias, or other reference sources to find answers to as many of the twelve questions as they can. The sources will be used to look up the names of people, events, countries, cities, organizations, and other key information given in the clues following each question.
Answers are announced at the end of the period.
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.