Lesson Plan, Unit


In this unit, students will examine the development of gas and oil fields on Russia's Sakhalin Island within the context of the Russian government's complex relations with the various stakeholders involved. From environmental issues to economic issues, from the multinational oil companies to the local island population, this is a rich topic that touches on a variety of important social studies concepts. Includes vocabulary terms and links to terrific online resources.


  • Social Studies > General
  • Social Studies > Current Events
  • Social Studies > Economics
  • Social Studies > Geography
  • Social Studies > Global Awareness
  • Social Studies > Political Systems
  • Social Studies > World History

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


Russia oil gas Sakhalin environment trade economics



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On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2008-10-23.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This resource is one unit in a series of lessons on Russia submitted by the World Affairs Council. The unit has background information, clear objectives, detailed procedures, and all of the necessary handouts to implement the unit. All of the materials are excellent. The content is current, accurate, and accessible to students at the recommended grade levels. There are a variety of different activities to engage students in learning about the complex issues facing Russia’s Sakahlin Island. Some of the highlights include a brainstorming activity about Russia and energy, questions used with a Frontline video, a group activity in which students examine a hypothetical scenario on energy and economic issues, and a vocabulary development assignment. The entire unit is immediately useful and many of the handouts and activities could also be stand alone lessons integrated into various content areas such as environmental science, current issues, or geography. The unit also includes a number of relevant weblinks that can be used to further develop the lessons.

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