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Joseph Stalin: Multiple Choice
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the accomplishments of Joseph Stalin. Students may submit their answers to be scored
In this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about the accomplishments of Joseph Stalin. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet.
Young scholars use primary resources for research. In this USSR/China relations lesson, students examine recorded conversations between Stalin and Mao.
Stalin and Communism Quiz
In this online interactive communism quiz worksheet, students respond to 40 multiple choice questions about Stalin and Communism. Students may check their answers immediately.
The Great Terror: Old and New Approaches
Here is a thorough Russian history worksheet. In it, learners read a two-page selection about the Great Terror and Stalin. They respond to four short answer questions based on the selection.
High schoolers examine the Russian Communist Revolution of 1917. They watch and discuss a video, take notes and answer video discussion questions, and read and evaluate newspaper articles about how Lenin and Stalin are viewed today in the former Soviet Union.
The Russian Revolution through the Early Stalin Era (1)
In this online interactive world history worksheet, students answer 10 multiple choice questions regarding the Russian Revolution and the early Stalin years. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
The Russian Revolution through the Early Stalin Era (2)
In this online interactive world history worksheet, students answer 9 multiple choice questions regarding the Russian Revolution and Stalin era. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Database Orientation: Wilson Web
Ninth graders identify the differences between websites and database sources. They locate and print images from a database on the assigned topic. They compare the leader they chose to Stalin in a Venn diagram.
My Name is Asher Lev: Request Strategy
Model for readers how to ask good questions about text by introducing them to Request Strategy. The focus here is on questions that ask readers to make judgements, formulate predictions, or synthesize significant events. Although the activities are centered around Chaim Potok's story of Asher Lev, a member of the Hasidic Jewish community in New York City, the approach could be used with any text.
The Russian Civil War
What do Bolsheviks, Leon Trotsky, Anastasia, Lenin, and Joseph Stalin have in common? The Russian Civil War, of course! Each of these individuals is defined by the part they played in what was to become a major shift in world politics. Slides show images and clear informational text are ideal for accenting a lecture or for independent study.
In this world history worksheet, learners examine two photographs of Joseph Stalin. They describe how each picture is used to show support for him.
Victory and the New Order in Europe
High schoolers explore the ways in which the USSR, the United States, and Britain differed on the future of Germany. They understand why and how the United States attempted to preserve the Grand Alliance as American diplomats addressed European issues. Students utilize excelent websites and documents imbedded in this plan.
The Formation of the Western Alliance, 1948-1949
Students investigate the rationale for the formation of NATO in the face of a nascent Cold War. They use the Internet to access primary sources from the era and analyze the blockade of Berlin as the impetus for formation of NATO.
World War II
Fifth graders examine primary sources to explore the events leading to World War II. In this World War II lesson, 5th graders develop questions and research answers from information found in primary documents. Students view a video clip and complete a worksheet related to World War II events.
Animal Farm: Allegory and the Art of Persuasion
Introduce your class members to allegory and propaganda with a series of activities designed to accompany a study of George Orwell's Animal Farm. Readers examine the text as an allegory, consider the parallels to collective farms and the communist state, examine the characters' names, and reflect on forms of tyranny. The activities could be assigned to small groups, or used sequentially, as research projects.
Categories of Cold War Histiography
While the objective is to provide an overview of the Cold War in preparation for further study, this resource addresses the topic at a rather advanced level, and might need its own introductory lesson. The handouts include terms such as neo-revisionist, hegemony, and universalism which most high school students will not know. To make this useful will require significant scaffolding. On the other hand, the resource includes recommended videos and readings, as well as useful teaching points.
Propaganda - 9/11 and the War on Terrorism
Propaganda is an important topic that most high school social studies teachers address. Here, students compare and contrast methods of public persuasion during WWII with those used in the contemporary War on Terror. Research, discussion, and critical thinking questions provide the foundation for learning. It includes a list of key terms and a link to Hitler's Mein Kampf; however, the Powerpoint referenced in the resource is not provided. There are no rubrics or assessments included. While the description indicates that this will take one class period, more time may allow for greater understanding.
How to Win a World War
Learners examine the major allied differences on wartime strategy and goals during World War II. They read and analyze primary source documents, complete a worksheet, analyze a timeline, and write an essay.
1984: How Much Fact in Fiction?
Students compare and contrast the society in Orwell's 1984 with modern society. In this 1984 lesson, students research the historical climate in which Orwell wrote the novel. Students create a comparison chart of privacy issues in the novel versus today's society. Students research internet privacy issues, video surveillance, drug testing, police surveillance, and racial profiling and discuss their findings.