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Using Utopia for German Language and History

Missouri History Museum’s exhibit Utopia-Revisiting a German State in America spent one year traveling across Germany after it opened November 1, 2013. Educational materials for German schools were created in Germany by Dr. Rita Rohrbach for grades K-12. The primary grade level uses Georg und Luise – Die Geschwister Büchner with a theme of family life, while the upper grade level material, BLEIBEN ODER GEHEN  or in English STAY OR LEAVE – Excercise book about the Giessen Emigration Society for … involves the process of decision making and emigration. The exhibit opened in St. Louis at MHM on November 22, 2014 and while the entire exhibit is in both German and English, the audio and video components provide a rare first hand opportunity for German students with language immersion. The entire theme of emigration/immigration is suitable for middle, and upper schools; and University and College level students as well. The German educational materials thus work for all levels of German language and history education.

 Exercise book for secondary schools
“Stay or Leave – The Giessen Emigration Society”
Published by Rita Rohrbach, Giessen 2013Looking for an interactive method to bring the Utopia story to your students? In 2000, U.S. Census figures reveal that the largest ethnic heritage in Missouri is German.  Suitable for K-12 and homeschool.

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