World History

Russian Revolution PowerPoint Project


Overview: This project allows students the opportunity to integrate technology with history. Students will learn the major concepts of the Russian Revolution through student created multimedia presentation using the PowerPoint program.


Goals: At the end of this project students will be able to:

    1. describe life in Czarist Russia prior to World War I and the Revolution of 1905.
    2. describe how Russia moved towards revolution, the effect of Rasputin on the revolution and the Russian withdrawal from World War I.
    3. analyze the reasons why Russia decided to revolt and replace their leader
    4. analyze the causes and consequences of the Russian revolution including the Civil War and Lenin's use of totalitarian means to seize and maintain control
    5. describe Stalin's rise to power in the Soviet Union and the effects of his economic and political policies including the purges.


Skills: At the end of this project students will be able to:

  1. read textbook for understanding and outline chapter section
  2. conduct library research relating to assigned topic
  3. use the Internet to find images and information on assigned topic
  4. create multimedia presentation using PowerPoint program
  5. communicate and cooperate with group members to complete assigned tasks together
  6. give oral presentation to the class


Assessment: Multimedia project (60 points) see attached rubric

Multimedia Presentations: Each group (4-5 students) will be assigned an area of Russian revolution and read that section. They will outline the major points of that section and use that information to create a 20-minute multimedia presentation to be given to the class. Students will be given class time during the week so they can focus on the presentations.


What is a Multimedia presentation? A multimedia presentation uses one or several forms of media (slides, pictures, music, movies, computer graphic images, sounds) to present information in an interesting manner. Computer multimedia programs include Hyperstudio (Apple/Mac) and PowerPoint (Windows/ PCs). For this project we will be using PowerPoint and the PC computer lab located on the 2nd floor of the library.


Resources: Students will use the world history textbook supplemented by materials from the library including books, encyclopedias, movies, CD-ROM's and access to the Internet with marked sites on the Russian Revolution. Students will also have access to handouts on how to use PowerPoint and ample time in the computer lab to complete the assignment.


The Topics:

Topic 1 Life in Czarist Russia including the reigns of Alexander II, Alexander the III, and Nicholas II, the Industrialization of Russia, and the Revolution of 1905

Information available in Chapter Section 24 Section 1 pg. 576-580

Topic 2 Socialist theories of Karl Marx, Russian Involvement in World War I, Rasputin the Mad Monk, Abdication of the Czar, Provisional Government (Duma) is established

Information available in Chapter Section 24 Section 2 pg. 580-583

Topic 3 Bolsheviks take power, Lenin becomes ruler of Russia, Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, Russian Civil War, Execution of the Royal Family, Lenin's dictatorship, struggle for power after Lenin's death


Information available in Chapter Section 24 Section 3 pg. 583-586

Topic 4 Stalin's philosophy, Five Year Plans and their effects, life in the Soviet Union under Stalin, the purges,

Information available in Chapter Section 24 Section 4 pg. 586-590


Topic One and Topic Two present on __________________.

Topic Three and Topic Four present on __________________.