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Europe

This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings European traditions and religions to life with comics and storyboards.

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Featured Layouts

When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map
  • Poster

Your students will create amazing images like these in no time!

This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings European traditions and religions to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on Europe
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings European traditions and religions to life with comics and storyboards.

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Europe

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  • Hill
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    Map
  • Skyline
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  • Suv
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  • Tower
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  • Tower
    Tower
  • Tower
    Tower
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Teacher Guide

Europe

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Many of our American traditions have roots from our European ancestors. These traditions were brought over by the immigrants who first settled America. The majority of European explorers were of the Christian faith, which had a strong influence on the beliefs of the early American colonists. Over the decades, immigrants from around the world have brought new traditions to be celebrated. Examples of European traditions that are most visible in American culture today are types of food, clothing, songs, and holidays.

Opening Discussion

Using the list below, ask your students to match the appropriate tradition with the country in Europe that it came from. You can put a map of Europe on the board or write the countries down for reference.

  • Christmas (Italy)
  • Perogies (Poland)
  • St. Patrick's Day (Ireland)
  • Easter (Italy)
  • Schnitzel (Austria)
  • Churro (Spain)
  • Fish & chips (England)
  • French fries (Belgium)
  • Baguette (France)
  • Spaghetti (Italy)
  • Black Forest cake (Germany)
  • Meatballs (Sweden)
  • Hallowe'en (Scotland)
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard
    Life in Europe

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    European Religions

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create an informative Poster discussing the purpose of the European Union.

  • Extension / Modification
    Map (Extension / Modification)

    Using a blank map of Europe, students will label ten countries, four landforms and three bodies of water. Below the map, students can list ten important facts about Europe.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Most of the countries in Europe are part of the world’s largest treaty known as the European Union. As of 2016, it has 28 member countries, includes 24 different languages, and spans four times zones. The European Union has developed a single market with one set of laws, joined by a single currency, and including the free movement of people, goods, and services. Learn more about the European Union by visiting the Teachers' Corner on the EU's official website.

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Pixton Activity: Europe 1 Life in Europe

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  • Storyboard

Instructions

Design a Storyboard that illustrates typical daily activities in one of the major countries in Europe.

Choose from the following countries: Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, or the United Kingdom.

Each panel should include:

  • A title
  • An appropriate graphic
  • A detailed description of the activity

Be sure to discuss the following aspects of the chosen country:

  • food
  • religion
  • language
  • culture

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Life in Europe

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Understanding of Concepts • explains with extensive detail
• numerous connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions are comprehensive
• explains with detail
• considerable connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have purpose
• explains with sufficient detail
• several connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have basic purpose
• explains with limited detail
• limited connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have little purpose
• explains with no detail
• very few connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have no purpose
Inquiry/Research Skills • Extensive use of details; support from a wide variety of sources
• Facts are accurate and complete
• Source are accurately listed
• Considerable use of details; support from several sources
• Facts are accurate
• Sources are accurately listed
• Includes several relevant details; basic use of sources
• Facts are consistent
• Sources listed
• Some relevant details included; sources are limited
• Facts contain some inaccuracies
• No sources listed
• Very few relevant use of details
• Facts are inaccurate or false
• No sources listed
Communication • excellent communication of ideas
• statements are dynamic with extensive development
• descriptions are purposeful and well organized
• effective communication of ideas
• statements are powerful with appropriate development
• descriptions are concise and organized
• sufficient communication of ideas
• statements are consistent with increasing development
• descriptions are basic and organized
• poor communication of ideas
• statements are general with some development
• descriptions are limited and unorganized
• inadequate communication of ideas
• statement are general with little development
• descriptions are incomplete and unorganized
Style • correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures
• panels are highly organized with exceptional use of supporting details
• few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning
• panels have excellent organization with effective use of supporting details
• occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning
• panels have basic organization and supporting details
• several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow
• panels have limited organization and supporting details
• repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
• panels are unorganized and lack supporting details
Total
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Pixton Activity: Europe 2 European Religions

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard identifying four to six different religions found in Europe.

Each panel should include:

  • A title
  • A detailed description of the core beliefs and history of the religion
  • An appropriate graphic

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Example Mind Map

European Religions by Student

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