Lesson Plans World History II SOL 8d: German Unification
Standard WH II: The student will demonstrate knowledge of political and philosophical developments in Europe during the nineteenth century by
Objectives; explaining events related to the unification of Germany and the role of Bismarck.
Introduction: A Bell-ringer activity
Notes: Students copy-down and discuss teacher generated notes
Activities: Students complete various in class activities to support learning including video analysis, maps, charts, diagrams, graphic organizers, worksheets, text-book questions, group discussion, KWL Charts etc.
Assessment: Informal, Formal, Exit-Questions, Teacher Questioning. Quizzes, Tests, Projects
Unification of Germany
• Otto von Bismarck led Prussia in the unification of Germany through war
and by appealing to nationalist feelings.
• Bismarck’s actions were seen as an example of Realpolitik, which justifies all means to achieve and hold power.
• The Franco-Prussian War led to the creation of the German state.
Activities That Support Lesson Plans
Bismarck: Opposing Historical Views: Handout that presents two views on Bismarck.
German Unification Maps: The map activity I use in class may be purchased from the TPT History Fanatics Store.
Blood and Iron Video:
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