Students in North American schools need to know far more about Germany and the European Union than can be learned from a few paragraphs in a typical history textbook. This is because the transatlantic partnership has been a pillar of world peace – and economic prosperity – for over 70 years since the end of the World War II. The successes of the transatlantic partnership has arguably set the stage for the society that students will enter as professionals and global citizens. Let’s Explore Modern Germany: Inquiry Edition is designed to provide educators with a rich selection of inquiries to challenge their students and to better prepare them for college (or an apprenticeship), career, civic life, and environmental stewardship.
Let’s Explore Modern Germany: Inquiry Edition is designed to provide middle school educators of social studies subjects with comprehensive inquiries on Germany — historical and contemporary — that can be easily integrated into pre-existing curricula as a means of comparison and contrast. This textbook is organized into four focus sections: Geography, History, Contemporary German Society, and Sustainability.
Inquiries are designed using the Inquiry Design Model (IDM), which focuses on the main elements of the instructional design process as envisioned in the C3 Inquiry Arc Framework for Social Studies State Standards.