Four years ago I created a lesson plan on the origins of European economic cooperation and integration for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for European Studies. Since today is Europe Day, I thought I would update it and share it here. Feel free to use it as is or adapt it for your own needs.
Title of Lesson Plan: The Origins of European Economic Cooperation and Integration
Brief Description: In this lesson, students will learn about the arguments made in favor of European economic cooperation and integration after the Second World War.
Time: 2-3 days
Objectives: By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
- evaluate the arguments made for economic cooperation and integration
- synthesize the information to create their own argument about economic cooperation and integration
- The Origins of the Schuman Plan (read the introduction and all four sections)
- The Marshall Plan Speech
- Letter from Jean Monnet to Robert Schuman, 18 April 1948
- The Schuman Declaration
- “The Ruhr has replaced the United States as France’s main coal supplier,” from Le Monde, 11 May 1950
- Origins of European Economic Cooperation and Integration DG (Discussion Guide)
- Day One: Students will read and the historical background piece, “The Origins of the Schuman Plan.” The instructor will answer any clarifying questions and add any relevant information pertinent to the curriculum (i.e. information on Europe between 1914 and 1945). For Day Two, assign students the “Marshall Plan speech” and the “Letter from Jean Monnet to Robert Schuman.”
- Day Two: Hand out the discussion guide and discuss the first two sources. The instructor will want to address some of the more important points of the sources. For Day Three, assign students the “Schuman Declaration” and “The Ruhr has replaced the United States as France’s main coal supplier.”
- Day Three: Discuss the last two sources. The instructor will want to address some of the more important points of the sources. Assign the Big Picture Questions and collect the discussion guide when complete.
Assessment: The assessment for this lesson is the “Discussion Guide.”
Extension: Students may want to examine some of the current issues surrounding the EU (Eurozone, refugee crisis, Brexit, etc.) and discuss whether or not economic cooperation and integration is still worth it.
Educational Content Standards (WI Model Academic Standards):
- History, B.12.2 Analyze primary and secondary sources related to a historical question to evaluate their relevance, make comparisons, integrate new information with prior knowledge, and come to a reasoned conclusion
- History, B.12.8 Recall, select, and explain the significance of important people, their work, and their ideas in the areas of political and intellectual leadership, inventions, discoveries, and the arts, within each major era of Wisconsin, United States, and world history
Thanks for reading.