Nationalism Lesson Plan

Mepham High School
“Home of the Pirates”
Global History II
Mr. Patten
Date: October 31, 2013
Topic: Nationalism (Introduction)
Aim: How can nationalism unite or divide a nation?
Curriculum Goals:
By the end of this lesson students will be able to:
1.) Define nationalism
2.) Identify the components that make up nationalism
3.) Identify how nationalism can unite or divide a nation
Common Core Standards: History/Social Studies » Grade 9-10
Key Ideas and Details
1. Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary
sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
2. Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary
source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop
over the course of the text.
3. Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether
earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
Craft and Structure
4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text,
including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of
history/social science.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
5. Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the
author’s claims.
Active learning
Whole class discussions
Note Taking
Use of Technology
General Study Skills:
Organize information
Drawing conclusions
Analyzing documents
Cooperative/social skills
Interpreting events
Instructional Materials:
Copies of “What are the elements of Nationalism” (Handout)
Copy of the Mepham High School Special Report (Video)
Copies of The Discourse on the Love of Country, 1789
Index Cards
Motivation: The students of Global History II will be welcomed into the class
and will watch the Mepham High School Special Report. The students will watch this
video and be asked to answer the following questions (10 minutes):
1.) What is today’s special anniversary?
2.) Who was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and what were some of his key
3.) How is America similar and/or different from the time of Dr. King?
4.) What were your feelings or attitude during the singing of our National
5.) What were the images you saw during the singing of the National
6.) How do you feel about Mr. Harrington choosing a National Anthem
from the greater Boston area?
7.) What do you believe caused these feelings?
8.) How do you feel about your area and/or country?
1.) Conduct the motivation exercise. Transition: Just as we are united and
divided over our love of our schools, teams and country, so too have
countries been united or divided by a sense of nationalism (AIM).
2.) Nationalism is defined as a strong feeling of pride in and devotion to one’s
country and/or people.
3.) What are the elements that can create feelings of nationalism?
4.) One of Each: One Sentence, One Phrase, One Word
• Ask students to individually read the text selection (10 minutes). While
reading, students should circle one sentence, one phrase, and one word
that they found to be important. After students finish reading, they will
be asked to write and then speak about the sentences, phrases, and words
they selected.
• One of Each Share Out: After students have finished independently
reading and writing about their selections, break the class up into triads.
Each triad will be given nine (9) minutes to complete the following:
• Student A speaks for one minute about his chosen sentence. Repeat for
students B & C.
• Student A speaks for one minute about his chosen phrase. Repeat for
students B & C.
• Student A speaks for one minute about his chosen word. Repeat for
students B & C.
5.) Following the activity, the students will take notes on the definition and
the elements of Nationalism (10 minutes).
a. What are the elements that make up a nation?
b. What does each of the elements mean?
c. Does a nation need to include all of these factors to be a
d. Are there advantages to nationalism? If yes, what are
they? If no, why not?
Summary: Wrap-up the day’s lesson asking the students to take a minute to
answer the following questions in writing:
Quilted Responses (2 minutes):
• At the end of a lesson, ask students to write, on a post-it note, a response to
a provocative, opinion based question that related to the reading.
Questions: How can nationalism unite or divide a nation?
• Instruct students to write their names on the backs of the post-its. Before
class the next day, create a “quilt” of their responses and copy for the class.
• At the start of class, ask students to read through peers’ thoughts and
respond to a minimum of two. Discuss.
1.) Question & answer
2.) Summary questions
Homework: (H.W. #34) Write a paragraph about the characteristics of
nationalism and whether nationalism is a force in the world today. Provide
examples to support your answer.
Name: _______________________________________________
Global History II
Elements of
Date: _________________________