Social Studies
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Middle School
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    Education Standards

    European Structures

    European Structures


    This is a lesson with two parts.

    Part one is to learn about the historic and cultural significance of various European Structures.

    Part two is practice in good reasearch habits. Student will need to find and use information they research themselves.

    Photo by Corbett Campbell 



    This is a lesson on the historic structures of Europe. Students will be researching a specific structure in Europe. They will use the guided notes in thier research and then create a final presentation.

    Background for Teachers

    Teachers will need to introduce the topic of historic structures. North and South America are the home to many grand physical features such as the Grand Canyon and the Amazon River. While Europe does have many beautiful natural features, the continent is better known for its historic structures.

    This can be introduced with this Google Earth activity.


    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Step 1 Goals and Outcomes

    Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge about the historical and cultural significance of thier chosen structure. They will use appropriate research skills to find specifc information related to their structure. Research will be documented and shared in a final presentation.


    Step 2 - Planning Instruction

    Step 2 Planning InstructionPrior to this lesson, students will need to understand the difference between primary and secondary sources. They will need to understand how to determine the research value of various web-sites including determining any bias.


    Step 3 - Instruction

    Step 3 Instruction

    Students will need to choose from the list of sites on the following LIST of European sites.

    They will research their chosen site using the Keynote Notebook.

    Using their research notes, students will complete a presentation of their research. They may choose whichever tool they prefer (Keynote, Pages, Clips, etc.)

    Submit the final presentation for grading.

    Step 4 - Assessments

    Step 4 Assessments

    Students will be assesed on the accuracy and the creativity of their research using the following Rubric.

    Examples of completed student projects are included.