20th Century France Teacher Resources
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The Japanese Empire: The Beginning
Ninth graders explore empires by researching Japan's history. In this Japanese research instructional activity, 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.
Dance Masters - Margaret Jenkins
Students research Margaret Jenkins. In this modern dance lesson, students discuss the life of Margaret Jenkins and the art of modern dance. They create their own modern dance focusing on time, shape, movement, and energy.
Charles Baudelaire: The Poet of Sickness and Evil
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.
Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury: Narration, Voice, and the Compson Family's New System
Students complete a variety of discussion and writing activities surrounding the study of Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury.
Theodore Roosevelt and Conservation
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.
American Music Styles - Lesson 1
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.
Paris, a XIXth- Century City
Students plan a visit to Musse d'Orsay to examine Paris in the 19th century. For this visual arts lesson, students explore the Haussmanian period and urban life in the 19th century. Students discuss the relationship between art and society.
A Half-century of Crisis And Achievement: the World in the Interwar And World War Ii
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.
Reading Comprehension - Paragraph Gap Fill
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students are given an essay in which 6 paragraphs have been removed. Students are to choose from the sentences the one which fits each gap.
Imperialism, Arab Nationalism and World War I
Continued conflict in the Middle East makes this lesson 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 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.
Children, Images by Artists And Social Realities
Students 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.
Waiting for Godot at ACT
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.
History & Urban Renewal - Baron Haussmann and Charles Baudelaire
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.
Charles Baudelaire: Poet Maudit - The Cursed Poet
Students explore French and World Literature for the life and works of Charles Baudelaire. In this poetry analysis lesson, 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).
Introduction To The European Union
A lot happened to European economics, policy, and social systems after WWII. This 24 page social studies packet provides images, reading passages, comprehension questions, and critical thinking questions regarding all things Europe from 1945-1980. Extensive, complete, and well worth your time.
World War II
Fifth graders examine primary sources to explore the events leading to World War II. In this World War II lesson, 5th graders develop questions and research answers from information found in primary documents. Students view a video clip and complete a worksheet related to World War II events.
Rendezvous at Promontory: A New Look at the Golden Spike Ceremony
Students complete a variety of activities as they examine the historical significance of the Transcontinental Railroad and the Golden Spike Ceremony in Promontory, Utah, which honored its completion. In one activity they plan and recreate a grander, more appropriate Golden Spike ceremony.
Consequences of the Sedition Act
Students research and discuss the consequences of the Sedition Act. They illustrate the difficulty of balancing security needs and personal freedom using an example from John Adams's presidency.