Russia Under Stalin Lesson Plan

Instructor: Jason Lineberger

Jason has 20 years of education experience including 14 years of teaching college literature.

This lesson plan introduces students to Stalin, his rise to power in the Soviet Union, and the effects of his leadership. In the lesson, students will examine propaganda, engage in a close reading activity, and use art to show their understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • list important events in Stalin's life
  • describe Stalin's major policies
  • explain the effects of Stalin's government on the Soviet Union
  • contrast the reality of Stalin's rule with Soviet propaganda

Length

30-60 minutes, depending on how much time is allotted for the activity

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.3

Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.6

Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.9

Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.

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