This is a lesson that follows the Gradual Release of Responsibility strategy for identifying the main idea of texts. The lesson uses the road to the French Revolution as the vehicle for teaching this skill to students. The content includes excepts from secondary sources are provide a brief overview of the Estates General, The Tennis Court Oath, Bastille Day, and the Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizens. There are two versions of the lesson included in this Product - a version for a college prep class and a modified version for students needing modifications. There is no teacher key included.