French Revolution and Resistance Lesson Plan

Grade Levels
7th - 10th
Formats Included
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6 pages
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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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Total Pages
6 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social studies.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.


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