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Teaching Foreign Languages K–12

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Russian Cities, Russian Stories

Video Summary
In this lesson, Russian I and Russian IV students meet to discuss Russian geography and the origins of Russian city names. Working in mixed-level groups, they read and interpret a story derived from their geography lesson. They conclude by creating and then presenting their own stories to the class. In a separate activity, Russian IV students debate the role of the leader in Russian history after reading an article about Vladimir Putin.

Standards Addressed


Interpersonal, Interpretive, Presentational




Making Connections


Language, Cultural

Key Terms
authentic materials
heritage speaker
native speaker
proficiency level
thematic units

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images from Shuffelton Russian class

Classroom at a Glance
Teacher: Jane Shuffelton
Language: Russian I and IV
Grades: 9-12
School: Brighton High School, Rochester, New York
Lesson Date: March 6
Class Size: 20
Schedule: 45 minutes; modular schedule*

*Russian I meets four times every six days: three times by themselves and one time with Russian IV. Russian IV meets three times every six days: two times by themselves and one time with Russian I.

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