Bulgaria: National Identity in a Globalized World

Lesson Plans

Ms. Rita Ulrich, a Fulbright-Hays fellow, traveled to Bulgaria and Greece in 2017 to better understand the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe.  She recently contributed her lessons – detailed text appropriate for the middle or high school classroom, complete with creative activities and guided reading questions.  It’s everything you need to humanize this unfolding human tragedy for your students.Learn how you can submit your own work to Openendedsocialstudies.org.

  • The Dangers of Brain Drain (Free online text suited for middle or high school classroom use, guided reading questions, and suggested activities):  What is brain drain, who wins and loses because this phenomenon, and how does it affect a nation like Bulgaria?
  • The Eastern Orthodox Faith (Free online text suited for middle or high school classroom use, guided reading questions, and suggested activities):  What is Eastern Orthodox Christianity, and how did it become such an integral part of Bulgaria’s national identity?
  • The History of Communism in Bulgaria (Free online text suited for middle or high school classroom use, guided reading questions, and suggested activities):  Understanding the difference between communism and capitalism, with Bulgaria as a lens.  What is communism, and how has it shaped Bulgaria’s past and present?
  • Refugees and Human Rights in Bulgaria (Free online text suited for middle or high school classroom use, guided reading questions, and suggested activities): What are refugees, why are they in European countries like Bulgaria, and how is the United Nations involved?
  • The Psychology of a Refugee Crisis (Free online text suited for middle or high school classroom use, guided reading questions, and suggested activities): What psychological dangers do refugees face throughout their journey and during their time searching for safety and a new home?
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