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Students explore how World War I and the Russian Revolution shaped the world. They participate in a series of background knowledge activities and then work in small groups to create a newspaper containing a cover story, debate, weather page, editorial, current events, obituary, political cartoon, and man of the year from the time period during the Revolution.