Students review the French Revolution with a RAFTT pen-pal style writing assignment by writing a series of letters during the French Revolution to a pen-pal in America. The French citizen will either thank his pen pal in America for the revolutionary inspiration or condemn him for the trouble caused. The instructions and rubric clearly outline the expectations of the assignment and the 15 items to be addressed in the letters. This is best completed as a unit review assignment. You would be able to make this an individual, pair, or group assignment by dividing up the topics the students must cover in the letters. The rubric is included but the point values are blank to accommodate your own grading system.
Sample items to be addressed include:
--at least two internal French problems leading to the revolution (list and explain)
--which estate you were originally part of and what that meant for your quality of life
--the Declaration of Rights and Man (and any similarities to the American Declaration of Independence)
--what the slogan of the French Revolution means to you
--life under the Jacobins and the Reign of Terror
--compare and contrast the spectacle of a guillotine execution vs the patriot method of tar and feathering (reference either the death of Louis, Marie, or Robespierre)
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