Workshop Resources & Lesson Plans
Workshop resources and handouts are developed by CREES experts as supplementary materials for educators who attend our annual workshops or anyone interested in the topic.
CREES Teacher Scholar Lesson Plans are created by teachers for teachers. Whether the subject material is visual arts, history, math, music or economics, Teacher Scholars apply his or her own perspective and teaching experience to create fun and inventive lesson plans based on the information they received at the CREES workshop.
The Safest Lie by Angela Cerrito
The Safest Lie is a fast-paced, inspiring account of nine-year old Anna Bauman, one of thousands of Jewish children rescued from the Warsaw, Poland ghetto. The novel’s inspiration is based on the life of Irena Sendler, the Catholic social worker and spy who rescued more than 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. Her story was little known until four high school students from Uniontown, Kansas wrote a play entitled "Life in a Jar" based on her inspirational work saving children. https://irenasendler.org.
Consider a visit to the inspiring exhibit on the life of Irena Sendler at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, KS. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a tour.
"Educator Resources/Lesson Ideas - Irena Sendler Project and other Great Heroes" This Educator Resource guide was provided by the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas.
Lesson 1 - Introduction to the Invasion of Poland and Irena Sendler's Work
Russian Language and Culture Videos for Middle School Students
Russian Language and Culture Videos for Elementary School Students
Enjoy a traditional children's story from Russia, learn fun cultural facts, meet four young people from different regions of Russia (including Volgograd, Tomsk, Vladivostok, and the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan), and learn to count in Russian! To learn more about each of these fascinating cities, please visit here.
Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin
Lesson 1 - Introduction to Breaking Stalin's Nose | Differences Between Communism and Capitalism Handout (doc)
Liberation, Activism, and the Power of Media (2021)
A professional development workshop for K-12 teachers was organised by the KU Area Studies Centers to explore themes of liberation, activism and the power of the media globally to make connections with current anti-racist movements such as the Black Lives Matter movement. Experts from the Area Studies Centers at the University of Kansas discussed instances where iconic photographs have documented how people around the world continue to valiantly struggle against oppression. This was through examination of case studies from South Africa, Guatemala, China, and Lithuania.
Children of Conflict, Children of Peace (2014)
Headlines Activity: analyzing world events through lens of the media
Workshop Wordcloud [PDF]
Tactile Turkey (2013)
Patterns of Turkey: Form, Structure & Meaning [PDF] - Terri Erickson-Harper,
JCCC Graphic Design
Video: Current Events in Turkey: Much Ado About a Turkish Mall, Mike Wuthrich, KU CGIS
For More Info on the Gezi Park Protests [doc]
Workshop Wordcloud [PDF]
World Environment (2013)
Map: Soviet Environmental Legacy [PDF] - Dr. Shannon O'Lear, KU Geography Department
Red Square and the Russian Search for Identity (2012)
Red Square Handout and Questions [PDF] - Dr. Jonathan Perkins, Director of the Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center at KU.
CREES Crossroads Webzine (2011)
History of the Cyrillic Alphabet [PDF] - Adrienne Landry, History
Ali and Nino [PDF] - Adrienne Landry, Literature
Identity and Music [PDF] - Adrienne Landry, Music
Music, the Arts, and Migration (2011)
Webquesting Around the World: Tuva [PDF] - Christian Lucy, Geography & Social Studies
Landscape Painting to Music [PDF] - Heather Olson, Art & Music
Teaching the Silk Road: The Past, Present, and Future of Global Market (2010)
Silk Road Tiles [PDF] - Bianca Elliot, Art, Geography and History
Where is Your T-Shirt, Blouse or Shirt Produced? [PDF] -
Dawn Yonally, Economics and Social Studies
Reading Along the Silk Road [PDF] - Lisa Healey, Literature and Social Studies
Food for Though: Lunch in Kazakhstan [PDF] - Renee Sanchez, Social Studies
Students study what made trade work on the Silk Road of the Old World [PDF] - Richard Wilds, History
Reimagining Central Europe: Transition and Identity (2009)
East European Acrostics [PDF] - Dave Olson, Geography
Introduction to the Velvet Revolution [PDF] - Bianca Elliot, Geography and History
When Poland Leads Europe: John III Sobieski and Lech Walesa [PDF] - Richard Wilds, History
Introduction to the Velvet Revolution [PDF] Geography and History
Learning to Negotiate the Peace: International Trade in the 21st Century (2008)
Reading International Blogs [PDF] - Cynthia Rhodes, Social Studies
Intro to China [PDF] - Dave Olson, Geography
Follow That Coffee Cup [PDF] - Kathy Ray, Economics and Social Studies
Peace is the Natural Effect of Trade [PDF] - Michelle Radio and Barbara Turnbull, Economics and Social Studies
Ancient Silk Road & Modern Asian Highways [PDF] - Richard Wilds, Geography
Economic Pullback [PDF] - Trudy Ringer, Economics
Art, Politics, and Revolution: The Russian Avant-Garde and the Struggle for Ideas (2008)
Zulus and Boxers [PDF] - istory
The RevoLawrencians [PDF] - Art
Deconstructing Architecture: A Look at the Avant_Garde in Russian Architecture [PDF] - Pamela Rohlfing, Art
A Selection of Russian Avant-Garde Art and Architecture 1890-1934 [PDF] - Paul Adams, Art and History
World Culture Chairs [PDF] - Art
Conflict and Creativity in the Balkans (2007)
What to think about the Balkan situation in the 1800s and 1900s [PDF] - Bianca Elliot, History
On The Air: Host your own Interactive Learning Show! (2006)
Special Forces, The Cold War & The Future: How to use Special Forces in History and Current Events in the Classroom [PDF] - Richard Wilds, History
"Everyone has an Uncle Vanya": Understanding Character Through Mimic Writing [PDF] - Ken Willard, Literature and Writing
Mongols: Forging a bridge of trade and knowledge between Asia and Europe (2006)
Road Mongols [PDF] - Richard Wilds, History
Mongolian Women: Then and Now [PDF] - Bianca Elliot, Geography
How to Celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the Mongol Empire [PDF] - Charlotte A. Anderson, Geography
Mongol Dynasty [PDF] - Jay Roberts, History
Cold War Workshop (2005)
Astronomy and the Cold War: How the United States Used the Moon to Target the Soviet Union [PDF] - Richard Wilds, History
Kansas in the Movies, the Cold War Period [PDF] - Tatyana Wilds, History and Film Studies
Treasures in St. Petersburg (2003)
Face of Russia: Lesson Plans [PDF] The Power of Architecture, written by Susan Michal, Forest Knolls Elementary School, Silver Spring, MD Grade Level.
Treasures of St. Petersburg curriculum packet is in CD-ROM format and includes color pictures and music.