Russian Primary Chronicle Primary Source Activities | World History



This engaging primary source activity will teach your students about Kievan Rus which was the origins of Russia and Ukraine. Students will read some stories from the Russian Primary Chronicle to learn about early Russian and Ukrainian history and improve their historical thinking skills. The Primary Chronicle is one of the main sources historians have used to understand the history of Kievan Rus. This activity is relevant to geopolitical events in the 21st century.

There is ZERO prep needed. Just print or load the activity to your Learning Management System (LMS). The activity includes a PDF, Google Docs, and Easel. Choose the version that works best for your class.

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Materials include

  1. Three primary sources from the Russian Primary Chronicle that tells the history of Kievan Rus
  2. Three pages of questions for the three primary sources

The first primary source is about Oleg of Novgorod who moved the center of Kievan Rus to Kiev, then attacked Constantinople from the Byzantine Empire. The second primary source is about Princess Olga taking revenge for the murder of her husband. The third source is about Vladimir the Great making Kievan Rus into a Christian nation.

How to use this activity

There are many ways to use this activity. You can use it as an in-class activity or give it to students for homework. You can do one, two, or all three primary sources depending on how much time you want to spend on early Russian history. If you do this activity in class, you can read the primary sources together or put the students into groups, then answer the questions that follow.

Students will be able to…

  • Have an understanding of Kievan Rus
  • Basic understanding of the origins of Russia and Ukraine
  • Think like a historian
  • Read, comprehend, and analyze primary sources
  • Improve vocabulary


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