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Students watch a PowerPoint presentation on the Gulag system in Russia. In groups, they use the internet to create maps on climate and population pyramids for the country of Russia. They must use this information and develop a plan to solve the problems of the past.
This presentation offers an overview of the Atlantic slave trade, taking care to give the subject its due diligence and explain the origins of slavery, the types of products slaves were forced to harvest, the most common importers of slaves in the Caribbean and Brazil, how Europeans acquired slaves through trading, etc. The narrator emphasizes understanding the economics of slavery to fully comprehend the tragedy of the institution, and offers startling statistics to the uniquely horrifying nature of chattel slavery in the Atlantic.
In this Why Communism Failed worksheet, students read an account from a Russian citizen (primary source) then write short answer responses to five questions.
Here is a set of fantastic project guidelines for a World History research paper, including over 60 possible research topics and guiding questions. Templates for source citations and summaries are included, as well as a very detailed essay rubric. 
American dream or American nightmare? Whether born in the USA or having come to America, we, the people of the United States, are prompted by a vision. Explore that vision through a series of materials and activities. Although designed as extension projects for gifted, self-guided learners, the materials and activities in this resource can be used to introduce a vision or unifying principle for a semester or year-long American literature course. The activities can also be easily adapted for group projects and the portfolio assignment can serve as a final assessment. A great packet that deserves a place in your curriculum library. 
Over the course of two class periods, young historians explore human rights issues; specifically, forced labor in China. This resource provides everything you need, including relevant vocabulary, an anticipatory activity, and a small-group project. The entire class responds to preliminary questions to elicit prior knowledge and understanding of this issue, and then they watch a video clip of Harry Wu's "Speak Truth to Power" service announcement. Next, the class is divided into four groups and each assigned an aspect of Wu's experience to research. By the end of the second class period, each group must be prepared to share what they learned in a presentation (collage/poster, role-play, poem, PowerPoint, or song/rap). Not only is this a well-constructed plan, it addresses several Common Core standards and includes extension activities. Some elements are dated, but this does not impact its usefulness. 
Young geographers learn about the extreme temperatures found in the Rebublic of Sakha, and study the hardships caused by these temperatures. They look at why people choose to live in such a remote and rugged area. This incredible, 22-page lesson plan is packed with photographs, worksheets, engaging activites and assignments, and is well-woth implementing in your classroom. Spectacular!
Students examine and discuss current social and economic conditions in Russia. They read a story, apply the five themes of geography to Russia, analyze maps, complete a Venn diagram, and write journal responses.
Learners discuss work experiences and g. list and rank the top ten criteria to bear in mind when looking for a job. They explore work vocabulary, interpret jargon used in help wanted ads and prepare a positive job ad to attract potential employees to a terrible job.
Your 11th and 12th graders are ready to critique society! Channel that inclination by studying a novel that offers social criticism of other eras (book recommendations included). This resource presents a well-thought-out overview of such a unit, incorporating technology (online group collaboration, multimedia presentations, etc.), guidelines for class discussion, and more. However, it is a generalized plan, so you'll need to hash out the details of how to make it work best for your class. Contemporary novels are suggested to extend the unit.
How free are people in the United States, or in the world for that matter? The class reads and compares two articles that discuss levels of freedom enjoyed by different people around the globe. They discuss why some people have more freedom than others, and then research a person from history who has made great sacrifices to ensure the freedom of others. The culminating activity allows students to exercise their freedom by choosing any form of creative expression to display their findings.
Extremely throrough and informative, this presentation details many aspects of European geography and demographics, including natural resources, climate, topography, and population distribution. This slideshow would be an excellent companion to a unit about Europe, either in relevant pieces or in its entirety. Bright maps and easy-to-read statistics make this presentation a real find for a social studies teacher.
While not heavy in text, the vivid images, maps, and key information in this slide show, are sure to hold an audience. They'll view images of geography, buildings, and people who are apart of early Russian History. Use the presentation to enhance a lecture by providing visual context.
Students explore world geography by participating in a family history project. In this U.S.S.R. lesson, students read assigned text regarding the Stalinist era of Russia and the intolerance that thrived there. Students answer a list of family history questions and study questions based on the current state of Russia.
High schoolers study Charles Dickens's Great Expectations to gain insight into a classical piece of fiction and to explain how writers respond to social conditions. They also consider how that response is important today.
In this social studies worksheet, students look for the words that describe the events of the Russian Revolution and the answers are found at the bottom of the page.
In this online interactive world history activity, students respond to 20 multiple choice questions regarding the Russian Revolution. Students may check their answers immediately.
Students consider the work of South Koreans working to make the world a better place. In this non-governmental organizations activity, students research the public service work of South Koreans and use their findings to create an exhibition.
In this communism instructional activity, learners complete short answer questions about communism. Students write answers for 15 questions.
Students explore how human rights are different in each part of the world.  In this freedome lesson plan, students define human rights, research how human rights in one country ultimately affect other countries, and share their findings through discussion, oral presentation and role playing. 

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