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The French Revolution Complete Unit. Comic Strip Activity, Debate, and Articles

The French Revolution Complete Unit. Comic Strip Activity, Debate, and Articles
The French Revolution Complete Unit. Comic Strip Activity, Debate, and Articles
The French Revolution Complete Unit. Comic Strip Activity, Debate, and Articles
The French Revolution Complete Unit. Comic Strip Activity, Debate, and Articles
The French Revolution Complete Unit. Comic Strip Activity, Debate, and Articles
The French Revolution Complete Unit. Comic Strip Activity, Debate, and Articles
The French Revolution Complete Unit. Comic Strip Activity, Debate, and Articles
The French Revolution Complete Unit. Comic Strip Activity, Debate, and Articles
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These 3 lessons cover the 3 stages of the French Revolution. In the first lesson, students read an article about the origins and causes of the revolution and use it to complete a comic strip activity. In the 2nd lesson, students learn about the Radical Stage of the revolution. They are divided into pro and anti revolution teams. Each team is given an article to read and use it to create a speech and presentation where they argue for their side. The final lesson is about the rise and major impacts of Napoleon Bonaparte. Students read an article about Napoleon and answer questions.

More detailed description of each lesson follows:

I. The first lesson plan covers the underlying causes for the French Revolution as well as the events that begin it. Specific topics include:

1. The Social Class system of France, the 3 Estates.
2. Bourgeoisie and Peasant anger
3. King Louis XVI and France's economic crisis.
4. The convening of the Estates-General
5. The 3rd Estate forming the National Assembly.
6. How the 3rd Estate was influenced by the Enlightenment and the American Revolution
7. The Tennis Court Oath
8. The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

Students read a 2 and a half page article that covers these topics. An additional 2 page chart is included. On the chart, students will use the article to complete a "comic strip." For each section of the chart, there are specific questions for the students to respond to. Then on the bottom of each section, students are to visually illustrate the main idea from that section.


II. The 2nd lesson plan is focused on the Radical Stage of the French Revolution. A brief powerpoint at the beginning reviews the initial events of the revolution. Then students are divided into 6 teams. 3 teams will be debating for the revolution and 3 teams will be debating against the revolution. One team from each side is paired off against the other. Each pair of teams is given one of the articles to read and then write a speech where they argue for their side. Teams also draw a poster on butcher paper to illustrate their main arguments during their presentations.

The 3 articles are each between 2-3 pages long, and the topics that they cover are:

1. Manorialism and the Unequal Treatment of Peasants
a. France's social class system
b. the fees and labor peasants owed to their lords.
c. the financial crisis and how inflation affected the lower classes
d. the Great Fear and the end of the Manorial system
e. Edmund Burke's ideas against the revolution

2. The Bourgeois: Middle Class anger before the Revolution
a. France’s social class system
b. unequal treatment and lack of opportunity for the 3rd estate
c. Resentment towards Catholic Church
d. problems with the Estates-General
e. The Great Fear and attacks on the Church
f. Edmund Burke's ideas against the revolution

3. The Reign of Terror
a. other nations declare war on Revolutionary France
b. the sans-cullottes take control of the revolution
c. formation of the National Convention
d. execution of King Louis XVI
e. Drafting of all males
f. Reign of Terror to fight “enemies of the revolution”
g. use of the guillotine

After preparing the presentations, the paired off teams present and then debate one another. Both the powerpoint and the articles give the students their directions for their debate presentations.

After the debate, the remaining slides of the powerpoint briefly cover the main events from the articles.

Students end the lesson by writing a paragraph on whether the events of the Radical Stage of the revolution were justified.

III. The final lesson is a 2 page article about the significance and effects of Napoleon's rule at the tail end of the French Revolution. The article discusses the following topics:

1. Napoleon's background and rise to power.
2. The Napoleonic Code's purpose and creation.
3. The Code's basis on Enlightenment ideas.
4. The Code's spread of Enlightenment values.
5. Napoleon's empire leading to the rise of Nationalism
6. The effects of the rise of Nationalism
7. Napoleon's defeat leading to the Congress of Vienna
8. The Congress of Vienna's goal of a balance of power.

Students read the article and then answer the questions at the end.



For Texas teachers, these lessons address the following TEKs:

WH1 History. The student understands traditional historical points of reference in world history. The student is expected to:
(E) identify major causes and describe the major effects of the following important turning points in world history from 1750 to 1914: the Enlightenment's impact on political revolutions

WH9 History. The student understands the causes and effects of major political revolutions between 1750 and 1914. The student is expected to:
(D) identify the influence of ideas such as separation of powers, checks and balances, liberty, equality, democracy, popular sovereignty, human rights, constitutionalism, and nationalism on political revolutions

WH20 Government. The student understands how contemporary political systems have developed from earlier systems of government. The student is expected to:
(B) identify the impact of political and legal ideas contained in the following documents: the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

(9) History. The student understands the causes and effects of major political revolutions between 1750 and 1914. The student is expected to:
(A) compare the causes, characteristics, and consequences of the American and French revolutions, emphasizing the role of the Enlightenment, the Glorious Revolution, and religion;

WH9 History. The student understands the causes and effects of major political revolutions between 1750 and 1914. The student is expected to:
(B) explain the impact of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Napoleonic Wars on Europe and Latin America


- Dan Nguyen
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Several articles. See description for more detail.
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Teaching Duration
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