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Catherine the Great

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Introduction: This project will last two weeks. We will review primary and secondary sources before we start doing online research on Catherine the Great. Although we will use some secondary sources, for background information, we will focus on the primary sources, which we will interpret and use as a basis for discussion and a writing assignment.

After watching the video Primary and Secondary Sources, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen& v=g0plq2E9ZjQ&NR=1) explain the major differences between primary and secondary sources

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To gain some background information and gain an understanding of some of the major events in her life, read this biography (secondary source): http://www.teenink.com/nonfiction/all/article/339616/Catherine-the-Great-Empress-of-Russia/

Identify four events that could have shaped her personality. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Expanding Russia’s Territory

This link is a primary source and discusses the partitioning of Poland. http://www.shsu.edu/~his_ncp/PartPol1.html

What was given as a reason for the three powers each to acquire a portion of Poland? Why or why not was this fair?

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Changing Russian Culture

This link is a secondary source and offers background information about changes in Russian culture under Catherine the Great. http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/03/hm3_6_4.html

What do you think influenced Catherine the Great’s ideas of culture?

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This link is a primary source and is a letter Catherine wrote to the French scholar Jean le Rond d'Alembert. http://novaonline.nvcc.edu/eli/evans/his241/Documents/RobBeaDocs/CatherineLetterDalembert.html

After reading the letter describe Catherine’s motives.

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This link is a primary source and is a letter to Catherine from French philosopher Denis Diderot. http://ohhs.ohsd.net/~jcrouch/Honors/readings/06-3%20Catherine%20the%20Great.pdf

According to Diderot, what are Catherine’s admirable qualities?

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An Organized and Efficient Government

This link is a primary source and is from her written account of how she assumed power in Russia. http://history-world.org/catherine.htm

Why do you think Catherine said, “The day had been a very disturbing one for me as I knew all that was going on.”?

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This link is a secondary source and is from her written account of how she assumed power in Russia. http://history-world.org/catherine.htm

What do you think was a leading cause of Pugachev’s Rebellion?

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This link is a primary source and is from a letter written by Baron de Breteuil. Read “From Letter of Baron de Breteuil.” http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/18catherine.asp

What is de Breteuil’s opinion of Catherine?

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Map Activity

Directions: From the map at https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=213972501672637312478.0004ce39b17aa033942bc&msa=0 explore each location, and add a comment to at least two of the five locations.

Use the space provided to make any notes for your paper.

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Writing Activity (plan and organize)

Use the writing planner to help you organize your ideas.



Introduction Paragraph:

Topic Sentence: ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Main Idea 1: _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Main Idea 2: _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Main Idea 3: _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Closing Sentence: ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________



2nd paragraph: Completely discuss main idea 1, and back up your ideas with evidence from your notes.

Topic Sentence: ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Idea 1: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Idea 2: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Idea 3: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Closing Sentence: ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________



3rd paragraph: Completely discuss main idea 2, and back up your ideas with evidence from your notes.

Topic Sentence: ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Idea 1: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Idea 2: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Idea 3: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Closing Sentence: ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________



4th paragraph: Completely discuss main idea 3, and back up your ideas with evidence from your notes.

Topic Sentence: ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Idea 1: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Idea 2: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Idea 3: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Closing Sentence: ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________



Conclusion paragraph: Your conclusion is not the place to introduce new ideas. Conclusions can be written in one of several styles. You can:

  • Sum up the paper’s main points

  • Ask a thought provoking question

  • Use a quotation

  • Compare Catherine the Great to other people in similar situations.

Writing Activity (draft, revise, edit)

Use a word processing program to write, revise and draft your paper.



Writing Activity (publish)

Use the class drop box account or email your final paper to the teacher.



This worksheet will be completely filled out and turned in to the teacher at the end of the project.

Rubric

Area

Possible Points

Research notes

30

Google map comments

10

Writing planner

25

Final draft

30

Final draft emailed or submitted via drop box

5


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