Europe: History and Its Influence: The European Union


World Cultures Europe Europe: History and Its Influence: The European Union
Students are introduced to the history of the European Union from post-World War II to the present. They explore how the EU functions. Then, they work in groups to research and present the two sides of the Brexit referendum. Finally, students analyze Brexit and explain their own position.

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In this experience, students are introduced to the history of the European Union from post-World War II to the present. They explore how the EU functions. Then, they work in groups to research and present the two sides of the Brexit referendum. Finally, students analyze Brexit and explain their own position.

In scene 3, students will work in small groups.

Objectives:

  • Trace the development of the European Union starting after World War II.
  • Explain how the European Union is structured.
  • Describe and analyze the Brexit vote of 2016.


Many of the countries of Europe are quite small compared to countries on other continents. Some are smaller than states in the United States. In this experience, you will explore the European Union—an organization that has brought together many of these European countries as a body in order to benefit them all.

Objectives:

  • Trace the development of the European Union starting after World War II.
  • Explain how the European Union is structured.
  • Describe and analyze the Brexit vote of 2016.




European Union Flag


The most basic definition of the word union is “something that comes from being combined or joined.” You might say that a cake is a union of flour, sugar, eggs, butter, salt, and hopefully some chocolate!

The words union and united come from the same root. So the United States of America, for example, is a group of states that have been combined or joined into a larger political body.


What do you think the benefits are of being united with other states or nations? What might some of the disadvantages be?





Discuss student responses. Tell students to keep their thinking in mind as they move through this experience.


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