Ivan the Great Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan will allow the students to learn about Ivan the Great's early years and upbringing as well as his influence on Russians (and their adversaries) through military and political rule.

Learning Objectives

Once students have finished this lesson, they should be able to:

  • discuss Ivan the Great's importance to Russian expansionism with respect to various Slavic rulers, cities, and lands
  • explain how Ivan the Great dealt with the Mongols
  • identify Ivan the Great's wives and their importance
  • understand why Russians hold Ivan the Great in great esteem
  • explain how Ivan III rose to power and learned how to rule in the process (and from whom)
  • explain why Moscow is sometimes called the third Rome


30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.2

Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3

Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.6

Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

Key Vocabulary

  • Ivan the Great (and the name's relation to the title Ivan III)
  • Vasily II
  • Maria of Borovsk
  • Maria Princess of Tver
  • Zoe Paleologa (Sophia)

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