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Reference Resources about the Olympics
Controversies Related to the Olympics
- History of the Olympic Torch, Flame, and Relay
Read about the history of the Olympic torch, flame, and relay. Since its debut in 1936, the torch relay has been controversial and criticized, but also an important symbol for the Olympic Games.
Lesson Plans about the Olympics
- Write a Letter to Jesse Owens
Assuming the role of a fellow athlete, Nazi supporter or African-American, students will write a letter to Jesse Owens describing their political views and their feelings about his accomplishments at the 1936 Olympic Games. Enhance your curriculum during Letter Writing Week (January) or Black History Month (February) with this lesson plan.
Russian Geography, History & Literature
- Protest Art in Pre-Revolutionary Russia
Students will read and analyze short stories by Anton Chekov and Leo Tolstoy that illustrate the class conflicts of pre-revolutionary Russia. They will then create their own art, which will contain veiled criticisms of the same era in Russian history OR a specific political/social issue evident in the United States today.
- Teaching Guide to Angel on the Square & The Impossible Journey
Study themes of family, patriotism, fear, kindness, survival, and change with this teacher's guide to Angel on the Square and The Impossible Journey by Gloria Whelan. In addition to pre-reading activities about the Russian Revolution and Tsar Nicholas II, this printable packet includes a variety of cross-curricular activities and thematic connections.
- Teacher's Guide to Anton Chekhov: The Major Plays
This printable teacher's guide to Anton Chekhov: The Major Plays focuses on The Sea Gull, The Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard. Pre-reading activities will build students' background knowledge of realism, Anton Chekhov, and Russia during the 1800s. Activities to use while reading the plays examine the script, characters, and themes in Chekhov's works. After reading the plays, students will engage in projects that make connections between the plays and deepen their understanding of themes.
Olympics History & References
- Eyewitness: Olympics
Get an exciting overview of the ancient games, the rebirth of the Olympics at the end of the 19th century, and a very brief history of the winter and summer games, all with spectacular photos of athletes and equipment.
Visit Infoplease.com for more information about some of the winter Olympic events. You'll find statistics on nearly all of the events at the Winter Games.