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 Russia’s medieval roots emerged in the area known as Kievan Rus after the Eastern Slavs settled in the region. Along the Dnieper River, Kievan Rus developed the culture and society that would serve as the basis for future Russian civilizations. Below are some LEGO recreation of the most important parts. Consider this our 21st Century attempt to relive the  Primary Chronicle . Our Russian History students have become a modern-day version of  Nestor the Chronicler . Find their work below…

Russia’s medieval roots emerged in the area known as Kievan Rus after the Eastern Slavs settled in the region. Along the Dnieper River, Kievan Rus developed the culture and society that would serve as the basis for future Russian civilizations. Below are some LEGO recreation of the most important parts. Consider this our 21st Century attempt to relive the Primary Chronicle. Our Russian History students have become a modern-day version of Nestor the Chronicler. Find their work below…


Follow the simple steps below to create your own SIX-panel LEGO review of your assigned topic:

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STEP ONE: RESEARCH/BRAINSTORM
With your group, look back over the content on your topic. Then, brainstorm some ideas as to how you could use our LEGO stash to recreate your topics.

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STEP THREE: DRAW YOUR SIX SCENES
Frame out how your six scenes should look on THIS STORYBOARD. You will turn this in. Then, draw your scenes using dialogue, narration, vocabulary, and historical figures.

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STEP TWO: PLAN OUT SIX SCENES
Use THIS STORYBOARD to guide out your thinking. Break your topic into six scenes.

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STEP FOUR: CREATE YOUR SCENES
Based off your STORYBOARD, use our LEGO stash to recreate the historical events. Email your pics to ben.freeman@lcps.org and turn in your storyboards.


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The Chronicle of Rurik

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“Vikings are sailing across the sea.”

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“The Vikings land on the shore.”

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“The vikings kill and terrorize.”

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“They are promptly kicked out.”

“Civil war, death and destruction ensue because the Vikings left.”

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“Vikings (Rurik and his two brothers) are invited back in.”


The Chronicle of Igor

 “The townspeople (Drevlians) are collecting tribute for the Grand Prince (Igor)”

“The townspeople (Drevlians) are collecting tribute for the Grand Prince (Igor)”

 “The Grand Prince is collecting Tribute”

“The Grand Prince is collecting Tribute”

 “The Grand Prince returns to collect more tribute.”

“The Grand Prince returns to collect more tribute.”

 “Drevlians tie Igor up between two trees”

“Drevlians tie Igor up between two trees”

 “Grand Prince Igor is ripped in half between two trees.”

“Grand Prince Igor is ripped in half between two trees.”

 “Igor is dead (and apparently a ghost in the South Pacific)”

“Igor is dead (and apparently a ghost in the South Pacific)”

The Chronicle of Olga


 “After Igor’s death, his killers proposed to Olga”

“After Igor’s death, his killers proposed to Olga”

 “Olga then buried them alive.”

“Olga then buried them alive.”

 “After burying them alive, Olga asked them for a body guard”

“After burying them alive, Olga asked them for a body guard”

 “Olga set the body guards on fire when they got to Kiev.”

“Olga set the body guards on fire when they got to Kiev.”

 “Olga then invited the city of Igor’s killers (Drevlians) to Kiev and killed them all”

“Olga then invited the city of Igor’s killers (Drevlians) to Kiev and killed them all”

 “Olga then burned the city to the ground”

“Olga then burned the city to the ground”


The Chronicle of Sviatoslav

 “Igor and Olga gave birth to Sviatoslav.”

“Igor and Olga gave birth to Sviatoslav.”

 “Igor gets ripped in half so Olga rules until Sviatoslav is old enough.”

“Igor gets ripped in half so Olga rules until Sviatoslav is old enough.”

 “Sviatoslav becomes old enough to rule and rejects Christianity”

“Sviatoslav becomes old enough to rule and rejects Christianity”

 “Olga dies of old age”

“Olga dies of old age”

 “Sviatoslav conquers more and more territory for Kievan Rus.”

“Sviatoslav conquers more and more territory for Kievan Rus.”

 “Pechenegs kill Sviatoslav and Cupify him”

“Pechenegs kill Sviatoslav and Cupify him”


The Chronicle of Vladimir

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Vladimir converted his people to Christianity

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Vladimir dragged statues of the Slavic God Perun, on the ground.

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Vladimir beat 4 of his brothers to win the Throne.

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Vladimir led conquests to expand his empire.

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Vladimir drank (alcohol) a lot.


The Chronicle of Cyril & Methodius

 “In Constantinople…”

“In Constantinople…”

 “(Space) Pope tells Cyril and Methoidus to convert Eastern Europeans (Moravians).”

“(Space) Pope tells Cyril and Methoidus to convert Eastern Europeans (Moravians).”

 “Brothers Cyril & Methodius both head out into Eastern Europe to evangelize and teach Christianity.”

“Brothers Cyril & Methodius both head out into Eastern Europe to evangelize and teach Christianity.”

 “Cyril and Methodius are surprised to find that the people cannot read.”

“Cyril and Methodius are surprised to find that the people cannot read.”

 “Cyril makes an alphabet for the people (near Mount Expo Marker).”

“Cyril makes an alphabet for the people (near Mount Expo Marker).”

 “Now, the people of Eastern Europe have a written language: CYRILLIC.”

“Now, the people of Eastern Europe have a written language: CYRILLIC.”


The Chronicle of Ilya Muromets

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The Chronicle of the Fall of Kiev

 “A happy, normal day in Kievan Rus.”

“A happy, normal day in Kievan Rus.”

 “<<knock, knock, knock>>”

“<<knock, knock, knock>>”

 “Mongols enter the city”

“Mongols enter the city”

 “Mongols swarm the Kievans”

“Mongols swarm the Kievans”

 “Kiev burns and the Kievans are dragged behind a horse”

“Kiev burns and the Kievans are dragged behind a horse”

 “The Mongol Horde moves on to the next one...”

“The Mongol Horde moves on to the next one...”