Lesson Plans & Classroom Resources

The following information is the result of collaborative work of curriculum grant recipients, workshop participants, and EURO staff. This page is intended to be a resource to the K-12 educator to prepare lessons on all aspects of European culture and society, government and politics, and current hot topics of debate including immigration and the economy.

EURO will continuously add to and revise materials offered below. We encourage teachers to share their work with us.

Lesson Plans & Curriculum Units

Northern Ireland: A Struggle to Co-Exist
Keith O'Connell Penn High School, Mishawaka, IN
Lesson Plan, Powerpoint

Western Europe's World Court & Human Rights
Matt Laker, Edgewood Intermediate School & Lisa Laker, Franklin Central High School, Franklin, IN
Lesson Plan, Powerpoint 1, Powerpoint 2, Supplemental Article, Study Guide, Citations

The Diary of Anne Frank
Katherine Wojdyla, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Booklet

Switzerland: The Heart of it All
Lila Jay, Clay Middle School & Elizabeth Wegner, Carmel Middle School, Carmel, IN
Lesson Plan, Powerpoint

Spain : One Country, Many Languages
Elisa Lucchi-Riester , Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
Lesson Plan

Berlin Wall: The Concrete Canvas
Karen Baumann, Hammond High School, Hammond, IN
Lesson Plan, Powerpoint

Irish Eyes : Taking a Look at the Past and Present Through a Poem by Seamus Heaney
Leilani Kesner, Iowa Park High School, Iowa Park, TX
Lesson Plan

Ireland : Taking a Look at Local Landscape
Leilani Kesner, Iowa Park High School, Iowa Park, TX
Lesson PlanPowerpointSample Brochure

Urban Italian Architecture
Cathy Hamilton, Prosser School of Technology, New Albany, IN
Lesson Plan 1Lesson Plan 2Powerpoint

Journey for the Occidental Citizen: Learning about the Role of Islam in Germany and the European Community
Mary Bronfenbrenner, Ithaca High School, Ithaca, NY
Lesson Plan (Day 1-5), Lesson Plan (Day 6-10), Supplemental Day 1, Supplemental Day 3

Understanding Europe: A Cultural Mosaic
Lila Doma and Elizabeth Grau, Carmel Middle School, Carmel, IN
Lesson Plan, Powerpoint 1, Powerpoint 2, Powerpoint 3, Powerpoint 4, Inventory

Mahgreb and Hijab
Katherine Wojdyla, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Lesson Plan, Powerpoint

Islam in Deutschland
Angelika Becker, West Lafayette Jr./Sr. High School, West Lafayette, IN
Lesson Plan 1, Lesson Plan 2, Lesson Plan 3

Turkish Workers in Germany
K. Miller
Lesson Plan

Spanish Youth Today
Kay Edberg, Mora High School, Mora, MN
Lesson Plan

Islam in Spain
Becky Keever, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Powerpoint, Handout 1, Handout 2

The Black Musketeer: Celebrating Alexandre Dumas as a Symbol of la Francophonie
Eric Martone, State University of New York Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY
Lesson Plan

Goodbye Lenin! The Nostalgia for Life Before Reunification
Randy Studt, West Lafayette Jr./Sr. High School, West Lafayette, IN
Lesson Plan

Who are the French?
Janet L. Holzer, Eastwood Middle School, Indianapolis, IN
Lesson Plan 1, Lesson Plan 2,Lesson Plan 3, Rationale, Powerpoint 1, Powerpoint 2

Religious Diversity in American and French Cultures
Karen Bryan, Evans Middle School, Evansville, IN
Lesson Plan

The Economic Development of Spain Since the Beginning of Democracy
Diana Garcia-Day, Indianapolis, IN
Lesson Plan

The Euro and the ECB
Eric Bowers, Penn High School, Mishawaka, IN
Lesson Plan, Powerpoint

International Trade
Peter Riordan, Penn High School, Mishawaka, IN
Lesson PlanPowerpoint

European Union

L’Euro: Qu’est-ce que c’est? (What is the Euro ?)
Deborah Clark,Lanesville Jr.-Sr. High School, Lanesville, IN
Lesson PlanWorksheet

The Euro and the ECB
Eric Bowers, Penn High School, Mishawaka, IN
Lesson PlanPowerpoint

Introduction to the European Union
Nancy Edwards
Lesson PlanNotes

What is the European Union?
John Dux, Carmel Middle School, Carmel, IN
Lesson PlanPowerpoint
Compare/Contrast the Election Process in the US with the EU

Fumer Tue: The Role of a Government in Protecting its Citizens
Anna Roth
Lesson PlanPowerpointSupplemental Materials (ZIP)

Immigration: Benefit or Burden?
Thomas E. Van Meter, Penn High School, Mishiwaka, IN
Lesson Plan, Revised Lesson, Powerpoint

Mosaic or Melting Pot?
Karen Bryan, Evans Middle School, Evansville, IN
Lesson Plan

Marie Curie and Radiation
Elizabeth Molnar, Center Grove Middle School Central, Greenwood, IN
Lesson Plan

Hurricanes in Europe
Eric Bowers, Penn High School, Mishawaka, IN
Lesson PlanPowerpoint

The Energy-Culture Connection: Iceland
Concepcion Marin, Craig Middle School, Indianapolis, IN
Lesson Plan

Spain and Science
Concepcion Marin, Craig Middle School, Indianapolis, IN
Lesson PlanSupplemental Images

Web resources for language teachers

This resource is for teachers to enhance the process for beginner language learners. The BBC language website offers mini lesson, important words to learn based on topic, and grammar usage. This tool can be use for any beginner language learner.

BBC Languages Tutor

Funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education, the center has a wide range of materials for K-12 teachers on Spanish and Spain. In addition, the center regularly sponsors professional development opportunities.

Visit the website Find Centro Español de Recursos on Facebook

This website has a wide range of resources for K-12 educators who teach foreign languages. The website provides language proficiency assessment tools, publications and digests, and information about professional development workshops and online training.

http://www.cal.org/areas-of-impact/world-languages/foreign-language-education

The Five College Center for the Study of World Languages developed this website with funding from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and the Fund for Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) of the U.S. Department of Education. Five College international students created short videos on language and culture in their home countries between 1999 and 2002. The website features videos from several West European countries such as France, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Spain.

Visit LangMedia

This website is a great tool for K-5 educators who teach foreign languages such as Spanish and French. It provides several thematic lessons on topics that include the Rainforest and Day of the Dead for beginner Spanish learners. The website provides teachers with a variety of materials to enhance their language course such as picture books, videos, and examples of memorabilia from the various countries that speak Spanish and French.

Visit Miscositas

Ñandutí is an excellent resource for preK-8 foreign language teachers. The website, which is developed and maintained by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), offers a variety of resources for foreign language teachers such as teaching methodologies, curricula, assessment tools, and professional development opportunities.

Visit Ñandutí

Teaching Foreign Languages K-12 is a video library developed with the support of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The library contains videos from several language classrooms, including Spanish, French, and German. All classroom videos include subtitles in English and are suitable for K-12 teachers of any foreign language. Teachers can use the library to learn about the ACTFL's standards for Foreign Language Learning, assessment practices, as well as 27 classroom programs. The classroom videos illustrate how educators from schools across the country teach students about foreign language and culture.

Visit Annenberg Learner

Other web resources

The U. S. Department of State is sponsoring the "Doors to Diplomacy" educational challenge--to encourage middle school and high school students around the world to produce web projects that teach others about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy.

Visit Global School Net

Sponsored by the UK office of the European Parliament, the site offers free teaching materials, free info on the European Parliament, and connections to other helpful sites.

Visit the European Parliament

A compilation of German-American resources for the classroom from the IUPUI Max Kade German-American Center.

Visit teaching resources

A Web resource for Indiana teachers, about Indiana global connections, supporting Indiana Academic Standards in social studies and foreign languages.

EDSITEment is site sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities that provides teachers with resources including a lesson plan database.

Visit EDSITEment

A search tool linking to resources for teaching in a global context across disciplines.

Visit World View