From Text to Context:
Crime, Punishment and Putin’s Russia
Can student journalism and current events bring a 19th century novel to life?
Students at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, California, accepted that challenge this year, working with Global Student Square to produce websites, annotated photos, commentary and other multimedia products that connect Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment,” published in 1866, to everything from punk rock and Internet censorship to the February 2015 murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.
Under the guidance of award-winning teacher Justine Rutigliano and GSS Executive Director Beatrice Motamedi, students connected these current events and their ongoing study of literature to journalistic practice and the academic standards of Sequoia’s international baccalaureate program. Global Student Square’s student editors then read and reviewed what students produced and designed this Russia page to reflect their work.
Click below to see the results of a deep dive into a country, a culture, and a work of literature that seems more timeless today than ever.
Behind the Crime
An annotated photo shows where Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down and how his murder is a modern-day “crime and punishment.”
(Don't) Visit Donetsk
A Facebook page guides armchair travelers to a city trapped in conflict but rich in history.
A Q&A with a former student journalist who got his start covering “total disaster.”