BERLIN WALL ACTIVITY
9 November 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Wall was a symbol of the Cold War and divided the peoples of Berlin, Germany, and Europe. Atrocities were committed to keep people from crossing from the East to the West. The fall of the Wall signaled the end of the Cold War. It opened new opportunities and challenges for the peoples of Europe. At 30 years on, it is important to note what the Berlin Wall was; why it came into being; how it divided Germany, Europe, and East/West; and its legacy.
For this activity, we as a class will design an exhibit to be placed in the Huie Library which will tell the story of the Berlin Wall. This is to be a professional, museum-style exhibition. This will not be 4th grade “science project” style.
We will develop the concept for this project with the help of Dr. Sesser from the Huie Library and professor of museum studies. Our project will occurred in different phases and steps. As this is a “work in progress” more will be added to these instructions as we move along.
What we will begin with is forming groups. There are 15 students in the course. We will form seven groups (six groups of two and one group of three). Each group will design an exhibit covering one aspect of the Berlin Wall.
We will also determine what seven topics about the Berlin Wall we want to cover in order to present the story.
Dr. Sesser will visit class from time to time to help with the organization and presentation of the exhibition. He will go over how to build your exhibits.
We will have grading criteria for you soon.
PRELIMINARY BERLIN WALL QUESTIONS
1. Why was the Berlin Wall built?
3. What were the conditions on both sides of the Wall?
a. Family Separations?
b. What was it like growing up in West Berlin/Germany and/or East Berlin/Germany at the time?
4. What support efforts were employed?
a. Food, supplies, etc.
5. Cold War Climate:
a. Up to the Wall?
6. What led to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989?
7. Deconstruction of the Wall:
a. Physical deconstruction
b. Metaphysical/social/psychological deconstruction
8. Post-Wall Period
a. German reunification
b. Reintegration of German society/political
9. Types of Crossings
1. Emma Adams/Kamri McKee
2. Ava Baghestani/Kearra Parrish/Jayla Henderson
3. Chandler Cain/Joseph Cochran
4. Emily Housdan/Samantha Poore
5. Thomas Cross/Allison Morgan
6. Taylor Lawson/Alexis Collins
7. Cole McMillian/Timothy Ward
1. Cold War 1945-1961; Why was the Wall built?
2. How was the Wall Built? Evolution of the Wall. Graffiti
3. Conditions in Berlin and Germany East and West. Comparison. Life in East and West Berlin
4. Atrocities, Crossings, and Escapes
5. Berlin Wall Deplomacy East and West, 1961-1988
6. Late Cold War, 1985-1989; Fall of the Wall
7. Post Cold War/Wall Berlin and Germany