Revolutions and Nationalism

A Complete Unit Plan for World History in Middle School or High School

The 17th unit of my World History curriculum covers the concept of Nationalism and how it became a driving force for Revolutions across the globe in the 1800s.

Topics in this unit plan include Simon Bolivar and independence for Latin America, Miguel Hidalgo and Mexico's early independence movement, Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution, the Revolutions of 1848 in Europe, and more.

You can download the entire unit here with all the resources and lesson plans for every day or you can subscribe to Students of History and access everything you need online.


The begins with off with a lesson on the Congress of Vienna that reestablished many of the old powers of Europe after the fall of Napoleon. A fantastic PowerPoint and guided notes set (along with "flipped classroom" video and Google Slides options sets the stage for students and serves as a great intro to the unit.

Following this, there is a reading and worksheet as well as several video options. You can also provide students with the Unit Guide Packet which includes pages on geography, a timeline, people, vocabulary, images, and primary sources.

The next lesson moves over to Latin America. After a warmup, there is a PowerPoint and wonderful map/graphic organizer (along with video and Google Slides as well) to cover the big picture. Several video clip options are available here before students move on to a reading activity on Simon Bolivar. There are also options to use a primary source analysis or interactive notebook activity.

Independence for Haiti is the subject of the next lesson. After a warmup, there is a short video on Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution. Students then begin this fantastic reading and comic book project. If you have time after students finish, a source analysis on the Monroe Doctrine is available here as well.

The focus moves back over to Europe for the next lesson on Nationalism and the Unification of Italy & Germany. A great PowerPoint (with guided notes, video, and Google Slides) covers how these two countries came together and the role of Otto Von Bismarck, Giuseppe Garibaldi, and others.

There us then a reading and worksheet on the Revolutions of 1848 that students can work on in addition to several available video options. A wonderful reading activity on Anita Garibaldi 's role in this era can be used as an exit ticket or homework assignment.

Lastly, there are review games, activities, and the unit guide packet that can be used before students take the test to end the unit. 

You can download the Age of Nationalism & Revolution unit here and have all these resources saved to your desktop. You can also sign up for a World History subscription to access everything online. Subscriptions grant you immediate access to the ENTIRE World History curriculum. That’s 24 complete units full of engaging resources and lessons. 

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