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French Invasion of Russia
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.
History and Culture of Russia
The history and culture of Russia is one of the most complex in Europe, and can provide interesting learning opportunities.
Russia's Conversion From Communism to Capitalism
Students study Russia's conversion from a communist nation to a capitalist nation.
Countries Bordering Russia Quiz
In this online interactive geography quiz worksheet, students respond to 14 identification questions regarding countries that border Russia. Students have 4 minutes to complete the quiz.
Protest Art in Pre-Revolutionary Russia
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.
Learning about Russia
Students examine artifacts to become familiar with Russian culture. In 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.
Russia orders British Council closures
Learners recognize that the Russian government has ordered the British Council to close their operations in Russia, probably due to worsening relations between the two countries. They act as negotiators for either the British Council or the Russian government.
Russia and the Western Republics
For this Russia worksheet, students complete a graphic organizer as they read several passages, then answer four comprehension questions.
The Geography of Russia
In this geography of Russia worksheet, students read a 4 page article about the geography of Russia and complete short answer questions and assignments based on the article. Students complete 6 assignments.
Landforms and Resources of Russia and the Republics
In this Russian geography activity, students read about the physical features and resources of Russia and the Republics. Students take notes and answer 4 short answer comprehension questions as they read the selection.
The Struggle for Economic Reform in Russia
In this Russian geography worksheet, students read about the pursuit of economic reform in Russia. Students take notes and answer 2 short answer comprehension questions as they read the selection.
Napoleon and the War of the Fourth Coalition
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.
What's Russia To Do?
Young scholars 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.
Russia and Eastern Europe
Students 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.
Human-Environment Interaction in Russia and the Republics
For this Russia worksheet, students complete a chart while reading several passages, then answer three comprehension questions.
Climate and Vegetation in Russia and the Republics
For this climate worksheet, students complete a chart while reading several passages, then they answer two comprehension questions about Russia and the Republics.
Box in a Closet: Introduction to Europe and Russia
Students explore Europe and Russia. For 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.
Racism in Russia
Young scholars investigate the issue of racism and demonstrations in Russia. They define key vocabulary words, explore websites, complete worksheets, answer discussion questions, and write a report from the point of view of an eyewitness of the incident.
Analyzing Statistics S.S. Europe and Russia
Sixth graders gather statistical information on countries in Europe and Russia from almanacs. They record the information in a chart, make graphs, and analyze the information by answering higher-level thinking questions.
Making Sense of the World Economy
Students apply the economic principles of supply and demand, market economy, competition, unemployment rate, exports and imports and currency exchange rate to China's present economic success and Russia's economic strife.