20th Century France Teacher Resources

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Ninth graders explore empires by researching Japan's history. In this Japanese research lesson, 9th graders discuss the history of Japan and the elements of World War II that caused Japan to become an enemy of the United States. Students collaborate in pairs and create either a PowerPoint presentation, poster or rap about a specific Japanese related topic.
Students practice reading and hearing French. They recognize a variety of poetic forms. They familiarize themselves with French poet Charles Baudelaire. They recognize Charles Baudelaire as a Decadent poet.
Students identify different shapes and patterns. They locate France on a world map and examine the works of artist, Henri Matisse. They discover shapes that are related to Math.
Students complete a variety of discussion and writing activities surrounding the study of Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury.
Young scholars explore the Theodore Roosevelt presidency. In this conservation lesson, students analyze the meaning of 3 quotations pertaining to environmental stewardship and research the conservation movement of the early 20th century. Young scholars create multi-media projects that feature Roosevelt's contributions to conservation.
Students study the portrayal of children in art across the centuries. In this art history activity, students explore how children are portrayed in images over the course of history. This activity is meant to accompany a visit to the Musee d'Orsay in France, but can be completed with a virtual tour found on the website.
Students examine a theatrical performance of Waiting for Godot. In this theatrical analysis lesson plan, students discuss the topic of existentialism and the Theatre of the Absurd. This lesson plan includes multiple activities to engage students in.
Students investigate: The first major urban renewal project took place in the 1850s in France where, under the auspices of Louis Napoleon (Napoleon III, the nephew of Napoleon), Baron Haussmann restructured Paris, modeling it after imperial Rome.
Students explore French and World Literature for the life and works of Charles Baudelaire. In this poetry analysis lesson plan, students relate to the Symbolist penchant for wallowing in themes of death and depravity as well as share the Symbolist view that no one understands the torture of what it is to be alone against the universe by reading his  masterwork, Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil).
Eighth graders read excerpts of "Undaunted Courage" by Stephen Ambrose. As a class, they view slides of artwork from the time period of westward expansion and Native Americans, write their reactions and share them with the class. To end the activity, they create their own artwork on how they view the Native Americans during this time period.
Students plan a visit to Musse d'Orsay to examine Paris in the 19th century.  In this visual arts instructional activity, students explore the Haussmanian period and urban life in the 19th century.  Students discuss the relationship between art and society.
Young scholars explore why the world was plunged into a second global conflict after just two decades after World War I. They create a graphic organizer on the causes of WWII from lecture and textbook readings then write a letter to the editor about the Munich Conference from the viewpoint of a particular country.
Delve into the Age of Exploration with this activity-packed resource! Complete with a pre-test, discussion questions and quiz for a 30-minute video on the period, map activities, timeline of discoveries, vocabulary, etc. this is a goldmine for ideas and activities associated with exploration in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
While Thirteen Days is a fantastic film to use in the classroom in reference to the Cold War and the Cuban missile crisis, it is important to take care to effectively and properly incorporate its contents into your curriculum. This website guides a teacher through a description of the film and its historical accuracy, offers discussion questions and possible student responses, and provides a variety of supplemental readings and resources.
Students describe some of the distinguishing characteristics of rock, folk, blues, and country music. They identify two main musical roots of today's American popular music.
Students react to statements about the 2006 Winter Olympics, then read a news article about the Olympic torch's journey through Italy. In this current events lesson (written prior to the 2006 Winter Olympics), the teacher introduces the article with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a class discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Here is a terrific activity about the materials used to make everyday clothing items. Learners are divided up into groups, and each group is assigned an article of clothing to study. They must use the garment label to determine what the article of clothing is made from. They gather information about the materials used and make up a report, which is given to the class. This fine activity has many terrific worksheets and an assessment embedded in it. A good learning experience for sure!
In this reading comprehension worksheet, learners are given an essay in which 6 paragraphs have been removed. Students are to choose from the sentences the one which fits each gap.
Continued conflict in the Middle East makes this lesson plan relevant, and the inclusion of a critique of Lawrence of Arabia might increase student interest in a potentially challenging topic. The resource includes a solid introduction to the history of the region, suggested readings (both primary and secondary sources), and instructions for writing a movie review that addresses the historical accuracy of the film. A general rubric for the paper is included as well as a sample essay. Though the lesson plan indicates that it is suitable for grades 9-12, it may be better suited to juniors and seniors.
During the early part of the 20th century, Africa was considered a continent to be taken and tamed. Read about each of the European countries that scrambled for colonial possession of Africa. Slide are broken into mapped images showing which country colonized which part of Africa along with a description of how each country planned to claim their territory. British, French, German, Italian, and Belgian colonies are discussed.