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Liberty, Equality, Uniformity?
Students examine the French draft law to ban religious symbols from public schools. They research "secularist" and "pluralist" positions regarding this ban, debate the topic in class, and draft a position paper on the ban.
An Exploratory Approach to the Teaching of French in the Middle School
Students review the most recent vocabulary list of French words. Using literature by Victor Hugo and Guy de Maupassant, they discover the history and culture of France. Using a map and the text, they locate the cities and regions of the country to end the lesson plan.
French Revolution (Part 4)- The Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte
A good way to transition from the French Revolution to the influence of Napoleon Bonaparte, this video details how the French government changed in the intervening years, and Napoleon's militaristic rise to power. The colorful maps, pictures, and annotations detail the instances in which "Napoleon kicks butt," and will make this presentation appealing to even uninterested historians.
Lesson: French Revolution and Visual Language of Power
Take a look at the French Revolution and neo-classic art, then compare it to current social issues and contemporary art. Kids analyze several pieces painted by Jacques-Louis David in regard to style and subject then compare them to pieces painted by Kehinde Wiley's modern representations.
New! American Indian Art History Detectives
An art history detective; I want to be one of those! The class puts their heads together to hone their deductive and critical thinking skills in order to determine which Native American tribe created and used parfleche boxes. They'll use maps, research, and discussion to complete this fun and engaging task.
1917 French Posters
What was French life like in the later years of World War I? With this as your guiding question, International Baccalaureate classes will study the 10 French posters and answer a variety of questions (in French). Although not all of the links posted work correctly, the questions are accessible. Advanced placement classes could also complete this assignment.
US History Overview 1: Jamestown to the Civil War
Complete with territory maps, photos, and interesting anecdotes, this video covers the major events of American History, roughly from 1754 to 1865. Plymouth and Jamestown are mentioned in the beginning of the video, but the speaker "fast-forwards" 130 years to discuss the French and Indian War. This is an engaging way to review American history up to the Civil War for students who might be a little fuzzy on the details.
Ah, Impressionism, one of the most studied genres of art. High schoolers study the works of the major French Impressionist painters: Renoir, Monet, Degas, Gauguin, Seurat, ToulouseLautrec, Utrillo, Pissarro, Cassatt, Morisot, and Caillebotte. They create products for presentation and use reading and writing strategies in various activities.
French Realism and Its Place in History
Students can gain a greater understanding of 19th century Europe by focusing on French Realism.
French Revolution (Part 1)
History comes alive in this engaging video, which artfully sets up the first steps of the French Revolution. Students will relate to the idea of nobility "living it up" while 98% of the French citizens went without wealth or rights. The drama of the French Revolution is truly reflected in the narrator's passion and annotations of paintings and maps. Students will beg you to teach them what happens next to Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, and the dissatisfied French population...
French Invasion of Russia
The arrogance of Napoleon is finally curtailed his final and most ambitious mission. Detailing one of the "top five famous military campaigns in all history," this video describes Napoleon's unsuccessful campaign to invade Russia - and his eventual loss of power. It includes the famous chart by Charles Joseph Minard, which shows the diminishing size of Napoleon's army throughout his Russian campaign, along with many maps to illustrate the strategies of the ill-fated mission.
The French Revolution
French Revolution lessons can help students explore the political, social, and economic issues of the time.
French Revolution (Part 2)
Interesting facts and historical anecdotes are peppered throughout this video, which covers the beginnings of the French Revolution of 1789. The narrator guides viewers through the timeline and events of the French Revolution with colorful, animated annotation and several relevant pictures and maps. He also makes an aside to establish the context of Europe at the time, including the influence of the Holy Roman Empire.
US History Overview 3- WWll to Vietnam
This video brings viewers up to modern history (1975) after taking them through WWII, the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Vietnam War. Though the format of the timeline might appear straightforward, viewers will be engaged because of the bright text and the relevant pictures. This resource provides just enough information to develop a firm grasp on the most important events of the 20th century.
8th Grade U.S. History Task Study Packet
Even a cumulative review can include main ideas, key events, supporting details, and critical thinking. An excellent 8th grade history review is yours for the taking. It includes topics that range from the thirteen colonies to post Civil War reformation. There are 10 full assignments compiled in a fourteen-page packet.
ESL Holiday Lessons: Bastille Day
What is Bastille Day? Read an article on Bastille Day, having readers respond to six matching questions, 29 fill in the blank questions, 30 multiple choice questions, 12 word scramble questions, 30 short answer questions, and many more! They'll learn a lot about the French holiday.
Historical Fiction: Introducting Novels into History
Ninth graders read a novel for their foreign language class which is also used in their history class. In groups, they work together to complete stations and other assignments.
History of France: Big Picture
In this French history study guide worksheet, pupils read a brief overview pertaining to major events in history of France from circa 1500 to the present.
History of France: Big Picture
In this French history study guide worksheet, pupils read a brief overview pertaining to the history of France from the Reformation to the present and fill in the blanks with the appropriate words. Students also respond to 25 short answer questions regarding the topic.
The French and Indian War (1754-1763)
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the French and Indian War. Students may submit their answers to be scored.