This can be a great add on to any U.S. government lesson. The following will be a list of ideas and resources for teaching about the European Union.
1. Compare and Contrast activity:
- The European Union has 28 member states that agree to follow political and economic rules beneficial for all. This site gives information on how the EU works and was created to be a resource for teachers K-12. Have students peruse/read the information and then do a compare and contrast writing activity between the United States and the European Union. A theme to compare and contrast can be: American state and federal systems vs. European Union member state agreements.
2. Create an EU passport
- Citizens a part of member EU nations can pass freely between other member nations with a special EU passport or national identity card. This British site gives a template for a European themed passport. It requires you to find the flag of the nation, the favorite cuisine of the people, an interesting fact and animals native to the country. While geared toward younger children it can easily be recreated to require more in depth questions for older classrooms.
3. Mock EU meeting
- In 2016 the economic fate of certain EU members is still hotly debated. If the class size allows for it, have each student represent a nation (28) and research the economic and political policies of their nation. As the moderator or neutral nation pose questions that reflect knowledge and understanding necessary for collaboration among nations and the chance for some 'nations' to reflect their individual interests. This also requires oral knowledge and the ability to negotiate/argue in a respectful manner. This activity can be applied to group collaborations as well, just choose the nations to focus on.