ERIC Number: ED349245
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
When Iron Crumbles: Berlin and the Wall. A Social Studies Unit Recommended for Grades 9-12 and Community College.
Chan, Adrian; And Others
This unit, designed for use with high school and community college students, uses primary materials, literature, and interactive lesson plans to present the city of Berlin (Germany) as a case study of some of the 20th century's most significant events. In lesson 1, students take a pre-test, view a video about the Berlin Wall, and discuss the kinds of conflict that impacted the city. In lesson 2, students interpret the materials contained in a time-capsule handout, focusing on the relationships among economics, culture, and politics in metropolitan Berlin. In lesson 3, students read documents representing U.S. and Soviet positions on the joint occupation of Germany and Berlin. Lesson 4 has students use information on resource cards to answer game questions the division of Germany into two separate states and about differences between the "two Germanys"--the Federal Republic of Germany in the West and the German Democratic Republic in the east (the Soviet zone). In lesson 5, students study materials on the exodus of East Germans to West Germany. These materials are designed to help students consider how the governments responded to the immigration and to understand the dilemmas faced by the East German refugees. Lesson 6 has students perform a "readers' theater" on the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. (Readers' Theater is a dramatization technique that includes performance and reading aloud, and is used to bring a text to life). In lesson 7, students apply what they learned from Readers' Theater, 1961 to Readers' theater, 1989-1990 using a series of handouts that allow them to create their own readers' theater for the events that occurred in 1989 (the year of the fall of the Berlin Wall) and 1990 (the year of the reunification of Germany). A 55-item bibliography is included in an appendix. (DB)
Descriptors: Area Studies, Community Colleges, Foreign Countries, Foreign Culture, Foreign Policy, High Schools, International Relations, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges, Units of Study, World History
SPICE--Stanford Program on International and Cross Cultural Education, Littlefield Center, Room 14, 300 Lasuen Street, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5013 (text $29.95; videotape $19.95; both, $44.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Stanford Program on International and Cross Cultural Education.
Identifiers - Location: East Germany; West Germany