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The arrogance of Napoleon is finally curtailed his final and most ambitious mission. Detailing one of the "top five famous military campaigns in all history," this video describes Napoleon's unsuccessful campaign to invade Russia - and his eventual loss of power. It includes the famous chart by Charles Joseph Minard, which shows the diminishing size of Napoleon's army throughout his Russian campaign, along with many maps to illustrate the strategies of the ill-fated mission.
Here is a series of lessons designed for fifth graders which explores the early growth and expansion of Russia. Learners research four czars: Ivan III and IV, Peter the Great, and Catherine the Great. The research focuses on Russian culture, economy, and government before, during, and after each czar's reign. Russian folktales, and geography are also incorporated into this very fine series of lessons.
Students examine artifacts to become familiar with Russian culture. For this Russian culture lesson, students watch a PowerPoint presentation and a video that shows different aspects of Russia. They act as investigators to locate information and report on one aspect of the culture. They find 7-10 images of Russian artifacts and write detailed comments.
High schoolers study the social class conflicts that existed during the Russian Revolution by reading the short stories of Anton Chekov and Leo Tolstoy. They analyze the stories to find criticisms of pre-Revolutionary Russia before designing their own pieces of art or literature that convey political messages.
France has gone through a lot of changes lately - first the monarchy fell to revolution, then the Republic was formed from the ashes, and now Napoleon has made France a major world power once again. This video shows the meteoric rise of Napoleon I, the new Emperor, and his continued acquisition of power and territory as he fights Russia, Prussia, and Great Britain in the War of the Fourth Coalition.
Students explore Europe and Russia. In this primary source analysis lesson, students locate documents and images about the continent and the country from a mystery box created by their instructor using sources from the Library of Congress. Students use the information to preview the geographic and cultural features of the regions.
Students consider the success of democracies in Eastern Europe. In this government systems lesson, students research the implementation of democratic practices and rule in the countries of Eastern Europe following the Cold War. Students also discuss and rank the characteristics of democracies.
Gathering information, distinguishing between arguments, preparing an oral presentation; these skills are fostered as 10th graders explore aspects of global trade and politics. They use the Internet to gather information about NATO, The UN, and the new Russia to engage in a simulated EAPC meeting. Culminating projects include a written paper and oral presentation.
learners are introduced to a culturally oriented shopping excursion on the New Arbat and Old Arbat in Moscow, Russia. Follow up activities include: mapping a Metro route in Moscow, choosing and locating places to visit in and around Moscow, and developing a physical and/or character sketch of the main characters.
High schoolers study Russia and Eastern Europe. They select from a menu of option activities to demonstrate their knowledge of both countries including preparing meals, reading Russian works of literature, analyzing political cartoons and researching online. They choose to create flashcards, view videos, or make posters.