This French Revolution Lesson Plan has students reading about key events of the Revolution and deciding if they would join the resistance, collaborate with the government, or act like nothing was going on.
I wanted to get my students thinking about what resistance means and how it can impact those who resist and collaborate. I also want them thinking critically about what it looks like when resistance goes too far and commits injustices like those seen during the French Revolution.
Your download includes short readings on 6 key events:
- The Storming of the Bastille
- Women’s March on Versailles
- The Flight to Varennes
- The September Massacres
- The Executions of Louis XVI & Marie Antoinette
- The Reign of Terror
After reading about each event, students determine if they would join the Revolutionary movement, elect to support the Monarchy, or choose to ignore it and act like nothing had happened.
Finally, students analyze what it looks like and what the repercussions can be for those who resist, collaborate, or ignore - not just during the French Revolution but today as well. It's great for promoting critical thinking and making connections between the past and today!
The download includes both printable and Google Docs versions of the activity along with directions pages for both the students and you as the teacher.
You can also download this activity as part of the French Revolution Complete Unit Bundle.
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