20th Century France Teacher Resources

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Eighth graders examine the precedents set by George Washington. In this presidential history lesson, 8th graders discuss the challenges Washington faced as president and how he shaped the presidency to suit his leadership skills. Students write essays based on the topic.
Eleventh graders explore American government reform. In this Progressive Era lesson, 11th graders read about the Era in their textbooks and in the provided handouts. Students then create group presentations and write essays on the role of Progressives in changing American government.
Students analyze William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. In this literature analysis lesson, students compare a modern novel and play. Students analyze Faulkner's interior monologues. Students write a paper about the ways As I Lay Dying is or is not an experimental novel.
Students draw and design a musical instrument that incorporates a human figure or animal. For this musical lesson plan, students will discover the differences between African drums. This lesson plan is designed for elementary, middle, and high school students. Further reading resources are attached.
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.
Young scholars complete a variety of discussion and writing activities surrounding the study of Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury.
Students 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. Students create multi-media projects that feature Roosevelt's contributions to conservation.
Learners study the portrayal of children in art across the centuries. In this art history lesson, students explore how children are portrayed in images over the course of history. This lesson 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.
Learners 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 instructional activity, 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).
Students compare and contrast narrative speakers in "The Sound and the Fury" and describe Faulkner's "South" in the context of the historical South. They describe how the South was changing socially and economically.
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 lesson, 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 lesson, students explore the Haussmanian period and urban life in the 19th century.  Students discuss the relationship between art and society.
Students 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.