This is a common core-based lesson on the Causes of the French Revolution. The lesson is quite thorough and gives a nice overview of the major causes and tensions that existed in France prior to the Revolution. In addition, the calling of the Estates-General and the Tennis Court Oath are included. The lesson is student-centered and offers a wide variety of activities including:
• Several pieces of Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” are used to illustrate the dissatisfaction of the Third Estate as well as several charts and graphics. Includes many critical thinking questions that are designed to increase student understanding and spark small group or whole class discussion.
• What Would you do? Scenario that puts students in the role of King Louis XVI trying to deal with the chaos of the early stages of the French Revolution.
• Uses the History Channel’s “The French Revolution” video and students are required to answer several questions after each brief video clip. The lesson could be easily modified to exclude the video clips. The video is available in its entirety on youtube.com or amazon.com.
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I also offer the next two worksheets in the French Revolution sequence separately...
Moderate Phase of the French Revolution worksheet - Global History Common Core
The Reign of Terror worksheet - French Revolution Global History Common Core
...or all three are available bundled together...
Bundle #13 - The French Revolution - Global/World History Common Core
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Bundle #4 - Absolutism, Enlightenment, Revolution - Global History Common Core