Lesson 1 (from Part 1, Chapter 1)
Part 1, Chapter 1
Alexander von Humboldt was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1804. The objective of this lesson is to learn more about Berlin, Germany.
Lead the class in a discussion about Berlin, Germany. What do the students know about Berlin? What perceptions do they have about Berlin and about Germany in general? What did they learn about Berlin and Germany from reading this story? What would life been like for a young Humboldt who was born into into wealth and privilege during this time? How did von Humboldt's lifestyle help his life direction? Did it hinder his life path in any way? Discuss.
Divide the class into small groups and have them research early nineteenth century Germany. What was life in Berlin like at the time of Humboldt's birth, youth and adulthood? Have the groups prepare multimedia presentations to share with the class on what they...
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