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Grade 9 : A Collection of the Collapse of the USSR

Instructional Design: David Sloan

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Established Goals:
Specific Outcomes:
Topic B  
Economic Growth: Differing Perspectives USSR

ICT Outcomes:
Below is a pdf file identifying all of the ICT outcomes touched on throughout this project. Click on the file to download it to your computer.

General Outcomes:
Reasons (internal and external) for change within the USSR

Results of change in the USSR (effect on economy, government, and quality of life)

Essential Questions:
What internal and external forces influence change?
How are the lives of citizens affected by the economic system?
How did the governments within the USSR change?
How did the economy of the USSR change?

Students will know:
The economic reforms brought by Gorbachev.
The values and guiding principles of both the free market and command economies.
Nature of the USSR’s multinational empire.

Students will be able to:
Locate sources of information.
Acquire information to find answers to questions through listening, observing, reading, and utilizing community resources.
Make notes that outline the main and related ideas from reading and while listening and observing.
Categorize information to develop concepts.
Make generalizations by stating relationships among concepts.
Develop increased facility in common Communicating with others in more formal situations such as interviews and discussions.

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s)
Your school is planning a trip to study the fall of the Soviet Union.   In order to ensure the educational merit of the trip the school council is asking students to show evidence  of the sorts of things students will discover as they travel to the former USSR.  They have asked that a hyperstudio project showing evidence of the causes of change and the results of change be completed before the trip is approved.

Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)
Peer Assessment

Self Assessment

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Teaching and Learning Activities

1. Students will begin by completing the preliminary  inspiration template on the internal and external pressures and their results.  They will use information from the textbook to do so.
2. Next students will be given lessons as need be on locating sources of information. (advanced Internet searches, interview techniques, locating periodicals, ect.)
3. Students will then compile sources of information for their collection on the changes that occurred in the USSR.  They will need a variety of sources and evidence from these sources to show they understand:
-The external pressures that caused change in the USSR
-The internal pressures that caused change in the USSR
-The ramifications on the economy in the USSR
-The ramifications on the government of the USSR
-The ramifications on the quality of life of citizens in the USSR
4.  Students will then use the hyperstudio template to create a collection of evidence that demonstrates their understanding of the causes and effects of change to  the USSR

Teacher Notes:
Students must appropriately site all resources according to APA

Additional Teacher Resources
These are documents for teachers and/or students that were developed to support the project.  Documents will always be available in pdf format as well as in the original format created (e.g. MS Word, AppleWorks, Inspiration, etc)

        SupportDemoHyperStudio      File


Click to download Rubric


Student Exemplars

The following exemplars represent an excellent and limited student samples. Please click on the exemplar to download a copy.  NB - You will need HyperStudio installed on your computer to view.

        Adequate        Excellent

 Last Modified: 2 October,2003