Social Studies - 2019-20

WG.8 d - Cultural Influences and Landscapes of Russian and Central Asia

The student will analyze the characteristics of the Russian and Central Asian regions by 

d) recognizing cultural influences and landscapes.

Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

A massive area, extremes in climate, and historic events have created a diverse cultural landscape that combines the customs and traditions of various ethnic groups.

ESSENTIALS

Cultural influences 

  • Diverse ethnic groups, customs, and traditions (many people of Turkic and Mongol heritage) 

Cultural heritage 

  • Ballet 
  • Fabergé eggs 
  • Music 
  • Icons 
  • Matryoshka dolls 
  • Oriental carpets
  • Samovars

Cultural landscape 

  • Russian Orthodox churches (e.g., St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow) 
  • Red Square 
  • The Kremlin 
  • Mosques, minarets 
  • Siberian villages 
  • Soviet-style apartment blocks

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: Jun 13, 2018