As network coordinator of the ten European Union Centers of Excellence (EUCE) in the United States, the UNC-Chapel Hill EUCE has developed a website offering a number of educational resources for K-14 educators, including K-12 lesson plans and university syllabi. US teachers looking to expand and deepen their classroom coverage of the European Union can now download cutting-edge lesson plans created by teachers for teachers. Bring your European view into the 21st century with curriculum guides focused on environmental policy, immigration issues, economic integration, and contemporary society. Lesson plans can be sorted by grade and subject area, (English, French, German, Italian, Language Arts, Math, Music, Science, Social Studies, Spanish, Technology, Theater Arts, and World History).
The Delegation of the European Union to the United States offers comprehensive lesson plans on the topics of European geography, culture, history, structure, the single market, and the euro. These are modular lessons are designed to support history and social sciences curricula in the US for grades 9-12 and can be adapted for middle school students or college level students. Developed by educators, the lessons can be used as stand-alone units or as a series. Each lesson is accompanied by a PowerPoint with additional information to support the presentation. These lessons are updated periodically to correlate with new developments in the EU.
LEARN NC is a comprehensive resource for K-12 teaching and learning, offering both classroom materials and professional development opportunities. LEARN NC provides lesson plans that span a wide range of curriculum areas for every grade, many of which include a European dimension. The collection includes the best instructional plans created by North Carolina educators, as well as high-quality materials from state and national partners.
The North Carolina Civic Education Consortium (NCCEC) is a component of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Program in the Humanities & Human Values that works to extend the resources of the University to North Carolina’s K-12 educators. Among the consortium’s extensive offerings includes an extensive database of K-12 Resources. The searchable database includes lesson plans aligned to the NC Essential Standards, as well as activities for use in the classroom, after school and extra-curricular programs, camps, etc.
Resent lesson plans and accompanying PowerPoint presentations devoted to Europe include:
- NATO: Post Cold War – Lesson Plan; PowerPoint Presentation
- Overview of the Eurozone Crisis – Lesson Plan; PowerPoint Presentation
- Introduction to the European Union: EU Webquest – Lesson Plan
- Deliberating in a Democracy: Religious Symbols in Public Schools – Lesson Plan
In collaboration with UNC’s student-run radio station (WXYC 89.3 FM), UNC Global Area Studies Centers host a radio program focusing on a particular world region each month. Each broadcast is a live “lesson” interspersing music from the world region with commentary from guest scholars. The Center for European Studies has developed a series of lesson plans to accompany for European sessions of the show.
In collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke National Resource Centers, World View facilitates grants to community college educators to create international modules for their courses. The intention is to support the addition of international content to existing courses that have little or no such material. A module is a self-contained unit that is integrated into the course to add an international component. A module is composed of instructional units, student projects, and learning objects that infuse international content, context, and connections into the course. Over 50 grants have been awarded to North Carolina community college instructors to date. Instructors interested in applying for grants to internationalize their courses should consult Funding for K-14 Instructors.
The SAS Curriculum Pathways website provides interactive, standards-based resources for grades 6-12 in English, language arts, science, social studies, mathematics, and Spanish. All of the content is free to students and educators in traditional, virtual, and home schools. Simply complete the short and free registration process and instantly have access to teaching modules, lesson plans, and classroom activities and resources. For example, the Interactive Atlas allows students to view maps of the world that identify location and place, choose features from the human or physical environment to view, generate customized maps, and use draw tools to add information to maps. Europe-related modules include topics such as Ancient Greece, Medieval Europe, Columbus and the New World, the End of the Cold War, and many more.