World War Borders – App Lesson

Description: This app lesson will develop high school history students’ understanding of border types and country shapes using the fragmentation of Europe from 1920-present as examples.

Instructional Objective: Students compare and contrast European border types and analyze the reasons for their change over time from 1920 to their current shapes.

Step 1: Students will view maps of Europe from World War I, World War II, and today using the History: Maps of the World app.

  • History:Maps of World Screenshot
  • History:Maps of World Screenshot
  • History:Maps of World Screenshot
  • History:Maps of World Screenshot
  • History:Maps of World Screenshot
  • History:Maps of World Screenshot
  • History:Maps of World Screenshot
  • History:Maps of World Screenshot

Step 2: Students will research the historical reasons behind European border shifts, World War I and World War II using the Google app.

  • ‎Google Screenshot
  • ‎Google Screenshot
  • ‎Google Screenshot
  • ‎Google Screenshot
  • ‎Google Screenshot
  • ‎Google Screenshot
  • ‎Google Screenshot
  • ‎Google Screenshot
  • ‎Google Screenshot
  • ‎Google Screenshot
  • ‎Google Screenshot
  • ‎Google Screenshot
  • ‎Google Screenshot

Step 3: Students will create an interactive tour of Europe by inserting pins, notes, pictures, doodles, and text into the StrataLogica app that explains the historic reasons for at least 10 changes to Europe’s borders from 1920 to today. (Teachers can modify the amount of changes required.)

  • ‎StrataLogica Screenshot
  • ‎StrataLogica Screenshot
  • ‎StrataLogica Screenshot
  • ‎StrataLogica Screenshot

Step 4: Students will pick a European country borders that best illustrates the country shapes of compact, fragmented, elongated, perforated, protruded, and landlocked from 1920 to present. Then, students will write a short paper that explains the history behind how the countries in Europe they picked exemplify each shape type using Polaris Office.

  • ‎Polaris Office - PDF & Docs Screenshot
  • ‎Polaris Office - PDF & Docs Screenshot
  • ‎Polaris Office - PDF & Docs Screenshot
  • ‎Polaris Office - PDF & Docs Screenshot
  • ‎Polaris Office - PDF & Docs Screenshot
  • ‎Polaris Office - PDF & Docs Screenshot
  • ‎Polaris Office - PDF & Docs Screenshot
  • ‎Polaris Office - PDF & Docs Screenshot
  • ‎Polaris Office - PDF & Docs Screenshot
  • ‎Polaris Office - PDF & Docs Screenshot
  • ‎Polaris Office - PDF & Docs Screenshot
  • ‎Polaris Office - PDF & Docs Screenshot