Lesson 3 - Russian Revolution

Understanding 1917 & Beyond

Lesson 3 - Russian Revolution

In 1917, Russia was the subject of two revolutions that led to the collapse of the Russian Empire, and the eventual rise of the Soviet Union.

Resources with links to Statutory Requirements



  • Examine a range of resources and explain why revolution occurred in Russia in 1917 and the consequences.
  • Using the information from the links as an example, prepare and complete a creative response to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the topic.

Opportunities for Cross Curricular learning

Using ICT

The resources examine the topic utilizing a number of different media, which serve to engage pupils with the material, challenging them to think more creatively and encourage discussion.

The project could inspire tasks that would support presenting, researching, working with images and working with sound.


The resources provide pupils with the opportunity to develop their talking and listening, reading and writing skills through independent learning and shared experience.


Opportunities for Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities

Using the content, pupils have the opportunity to investigate meaning, explore ideas and analyse the information they are provided with. Within their individual learning, through group work and by questioning ideas, there is ample scope within the materials to include a focus on TS & PC. For this section, the following strands from the TS & PC framework are the most obvious to consider:

Managing Information

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • ask focused questions;
  • select, classify, compare and evaluate information;
  • use a range of methods for collating, recording and representing information; and
  • communicate with a sense of audience and purpose.

Thinking, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • make links between cause and effect;
  • use different types of questions; and
  • make connections between learning in different contexts.

Being Creative

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • experiment with ideas and questions;
  • make new connections between ideas/information;
  • challenge the routine method; and
  • take risks for learning.

Working with Others

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • listen actively and share opinions;
  • give and respond to feedback;
  • take personal responsibility for work with others and evaluate their own contribution to the group;
  • respect the views and opinions of others and reach agreements using negotiation and compromise; and
  • suggest ways of improving their approach to working collaboratively.


Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • be aware of their personal strengths, limitations and interests;
  • set personal targets and review them;
  • organise and plan how to go about a task; and
  • focus, sustain attention and persist with tasks;

Opportunities to develop

Possible Task

Research a suitable image of Lenin and edit it so that it includes a short bio and information on his involvement in the October revolution.

Researching the supplied content, identify and record important information on Lenin and his involvement in the October revolution. Follow this up by performing an online image search; choose a suitable image, save it and then open it in a piece of image editing software and add the information you researched to create a new image. Research propaganda posters from the era – can you replicate this?

Areas of Learning: The Arts (Art and Design), Language and Literacy (English/Irish with Media Education), Environment and Society (History)

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