Take your class back in time, as they will take on the role of citizens in pre-revolutionary France. The students will be assigned a role as a member of one of the Three Estates. The students will then convene a meeting of the Estates General in an effort to fix the French Economy and prevent a revolution. Students will experience hands on the discrimination against the third estate, when you incorporate that each Estate gets one vote. Additionally, as resolutions pass, you can have the rules of the game change. I have had classes where the bourgeoisie have joined the second estate or where the third estate became so upset that they formed their own version of the Tennis Court Oath. It is a fun and interactive method of teaching the root causes of the French Revolution.
Day 1 - Introduction and time for groups to research
Day 2 - Develop proposals
Day 3 - Convene the Estates General