The Rise and Fall of Napoleon is a lesson you can use to supplement your own curriculum on Napoleon Bonaparte or as a stand-alone reading lesson if your students don’t know anything about Napoleon before reading it. Three pages of informational text highlight Napoleon’s life describing how he shaped European history. From learning why Napoleon always posed with his right hand inside his jacket to reading about his dazzling military victories and dismal defeats, your students will be intrigued. Much vocabulary is taught and tested, which is sure to give them test preparation for high-stakes testing. Vocabulary words include: abdicated, ailment, ambition, aristocrats, banished, civil laws, coup d’état, demise, dictator, dwindling, empire, famines, invade, maneuver, monarchy, refined, seize, renowned, retreating, revolution, tactics, ultimately, vast, victoriously, waist coat, and yearned. Besides a set of matching questions on vocabulary, there is a set of multiple choice reading comprehension questions. The reading skills include: Identifying Main Ideas, Locating Details, Determining Sequence of Events, Relating Causes to Effects, Drawing Conclusions, and Making Inferences. The comprehension component will certainly help your students’ test preparation, too. All together there are 34 questions, but if that is too many for your purposes you can simply eliminate or adjust some because the lesson is a word document. A black-and-white drawing of Napoleon is also provided. The ninth page of the lesson has the answer key.