People throughout history have built walls for many reasons. We have built walls to keep people out. We have built walls to keep people in. There are walls built to stop water from flooding cities. Other walls are built to help turn water into hydroelectricity. Basically wherever people go, we build walls.

Over time, certain walls have gained greater importance to society. For some walls, it is a matter of architectural brilliance garnering attention. For other walls, they might maintain political or religious significance. Whatever the reason, these walls have become historical artifacts and tourist destinations for people the world over. One such wall, the Berlin Wall, was torn down 20 years ago this month. With this milestone in mind, through this virtual field trip, you will experience the sights, sounds, and significance of a few of the most important walls from around the world. We will visit the Berlin Wall, of course, as well as the Great Wall of China, Hadrian's Wall, and the Belfast Peace Lines.

Check out the map below to see the places you will be visiting!


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To-Do List

Take some time to visit each of the four pages included in this assignment. At the end of the virtual tour, you will need to provide a written report on what you learned about the walls. You will write a one or two paragraph review of each wall, followed by a one-page discussion of what the four walls have in common and how they are different from each other. Make sure you answer each of the questions below in your write-up.

Learner Description: This virtual field trip is intended for students in grades 6-8 in a world history or current events class. With the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall occurring on November 9th, 2009, this is a perfect opportunity to have students study several of the important wall structures build around the world.