This project will help your students understand the many facets of one of history’s most important events, The French Revolution. It is divided into 6 parts which are described in an easy to follow format for your students.
Students will assemble a newspaper according to a set of criteria that targets the causes, actors, effects and nuances of the French Revolution. Students will also have to take a clear position within their newspaper as to which social class, or estate, their newspaper supports. They must use their critical thinking skills, writing skills and learned knowledge to produce a newspaper that is critical, insightful and reflects the mood of the revolution. Students must also assess other newspapers, write critical reviews of their peers work, and also include bias, satire and humor in various articles.
Moreover, Letters to the Editor written by students will provide opportunities for them to give feedback to their peers on their own newspapers.
The time period of the revolution that the newspaper is set in can be decided by the teacher and/or together with the class. This decision is a great learning experience in itself!
At the end of the project the teachers asks students to come up with a criteria sheet which they can use to assess the other newspapers in the class.
On the last day of the project students can dress up in period clothes, bring in French pastries, croissants, and other French food while they use their self-developed assessments to assess their peers work. Ultimately, they have a chance to discuss, have fun and celebrate their French Revolution learning experience!
At the end of the project teachers can use the student assessments to assist them in their marking.
All criteria, steps and direction are provided in an easy to follow format. This inquiry based, self-learning project provides a fun way for students to explore a complicated topic!