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The Center for European Studies at UNC-CH is proud to present our updated the Teaching the EU Toolkits. CES has a 20-year history of providing outreach materials and professional development on contemporary Europe. During this time, we have discovered that although there is much interest in teaching Europe, most resources are historic in nature, and do not allow students to fully grasp the rich cultures, languages, people, and politics of today’s Europe, Europeans, and the European Union.

While the previous versions were hard copies, this version will be housed on our website, with corresponding PDFs available.

This Teacher Toolkit is designed to help you create lessons about Europe’s geography, people, and politics and the European Union. At the end of each chapter we have linked to several potential lesson plans – for various grade levels – that you can use to teach about different issues. These have been created by CES staff, UNC faculty, and North Carolina teachers who have participated in our programs. We have also compiled a list of additional resources and external links for your reference.