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(CNN Student News) -- Students will learn about the history of the European Union (EU) and examine the benefits of a unified Europe versus concerns about the sovereignty of individual countries.
Refer students to the links below to learn about the history and purposes of the European Union. Pose the following questions to guide students' research:
After students present their findings, ask students: Could membership in the EU impact a country's national identity and culture, as some arguments suggest? From a political and economic standpoint, how can EU membership strengthen a country? Instruct students to write opinion papers offering their views of a unified Europe. After students share their papers with the class, challenge them to imagine what Europe would be like today if the EU had never been created.
Standard VI. Power, Authority and Governance: Students will understand the historical development of structures of power, authority and governance and their evolving functions in contemporary U.S. society as well as other parts of the world.
Standard IX. Global Connections: Students will examine global connections and interdependence.
European Union, anniversary, membership, culture
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