The importance of Napoleon's career, like that of the French Revolution, is easy to lose in all the details of his wars and battles. However, his importance has less to do with military affairs and more with being the agent of spreading the ideas of the Revolution across Europe.
I consider this one of my best lessons in terms of providing a concise look at the real meaning of a topic, in this case Napoleon's career. It also treats the subject of how Napoleon was reviled by the French at the end of his career, but came to be revered as a national hero in later decades.
This Powerpoint has plenty of pictures to illustrate it, but can cover the subject in one class period. I use it as an introduction and then go into the details of Napoleon's career in FC.106A and FC.106B.
In the PowerPoint, the color flowchart develops slide by slide while other notes for the students scroll down the side. There are also extensive pictures with captions mixed in to illustrate the lesson and capture students’ interest. This packet also contains a student reading, flowchart, and the author’s own research notes which contain lots of details and interesting trivia.
NOTE: This Powerpoint comes with the flowchart in the older color scheme. However, it does have one slide with the newer color scheme if you want to convert the other slides.
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