Subjects & Disciplines
- English Language Arts
- describe how language and/or religion could unite a country, and how diversity can be seen as a strength
- explain what makes a group and which groups might cause conflict when combined in the same country or area
- articulate their initial ideas and expectations about what religions and languages are present in Europe
- name and describe languages spoken in Europe
- analyze maps to identify regions where languages and country borders do not correspond
- name and describe religious groups in Europe
- analyze maps to identify countries where there is no dominant religion
- explain why language and religion might cause conflict within and between countries
- identify areas in Europe where conflict over religion or language might be expected
- Cooperative learning
- Hands-on learning
Connections to National Standards, Principles, and Practices
What You’ll Need
The resources are also available at the top of the page.
- Internet Access: Required
- Internet access: Optional
- Tech Setup: 1 computer per classroom, Projector
- Large-group instruction
- Small-group instruction
Students will need to pull their notes from Lesson 2, Activity 2 out of their portfolios to complete the worksheet in this activity.
Before starting the activity, make transparencies of key maps. Print the following maps on transparency paper: Country Borders in Europe, Dominant Languages of Europe, and Dominant Religions of Europe.
Recommended Prior Lessons
the ratio of the total number of live births to the total population in a given time and area.
natural or artificial line separating two pieces of land.
large settlement with a high population density.
one of the seven main land masses on Earth.
international organization based in Strasbourg, Germany, established "to promote democracy and protect human rights and the rule of law in Europe."
geographic territory with a distinct name, flag, population, boundaries, and government.
learned behavior of people, including their languages, belief systems, social structures, institutions, and material goods.
distinct variation of a language, usually marked by accents and grammar.
having to do with characteristics of a group of people linked by shared culture, language, national origin, or other marker.
association of European nations promoting free trade, ease of transportation, and cultural and political links.
able to speak, write, and understand a language.
system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.
the movement of people from one place to another.
process of moving to a new country or region with the intention of staying and living there.
set of sounds, gestures, or symbols that allows people to communicate.
group of languages descended from a common ancestral language.
imaginary line separating one political unit, such as a country or state, from another.
total number of people or organisms in a particular area.
any area on Earth with one or more common characteristics. Regions are the basic units of geography.
a system of spiritual or supernatural belief.
nation or national government.
land an animal, human, or government protects from intruders.
international organization that works for peace, security and cooperation.
For Further Exploration
Articles & Profiles
- National Geographic Education: Europe MapMaker Kit
- NG MapMaker 1-Page Map: Europe
- NG MapMaker Interactive: Europe
- National Geographic Education: MapMaker Interactive: Europe—Major Religions