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French Revolution lessons can help students explore the political, social, and economic issues of the time.
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.
Here is a great list of project ideas on the French Revolution that is designed so that your class members can pick and choose which ones they are most interested in, while also gaining a comprehensive review of the event.
Starting with a quote by Charles Dickens from A Tale of Two Cities, the slides featured in this presentation go into thorough detail about the French Revolution. It includes portraits of key historical figures, maps, and demographic details about pre-revolutionary France. Images of revolutionary figures are also displayed.
In this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 8 short answer and essay questions about the French Revolution. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet.
Students examine the causes and the results of the French Revolution. They study the role of the French monarchy (specifically Marie-Antoinette) and the role of the people (le Tiers-Etat) immediately before and during the French Revolution.
A great cross-curricular activity pairs the French Revolution with a writing exercise. Have your class consider the economic causes of the French Revolution, the feudal class system, and Napoleon Bonaparte as a bridge between democracy and monarchy. This activity includes these three great short answer questions.
Students examine primary sources in order to draw conclusions about the influence of Greek classical art and philosophy on the French Revolution. They compare the goals of the French Revolution to those of Neoclassical artists.
Learners look at how Greek classical art and philosophy influenced the French Revolution. For this French Revolution lesson, students use primary sources, Neoclassical art, to look at how they show what society was like during this time period. They complete worksheets after working in small groups to analyze paintings and complete a writing a assignment.
Students activate prior knowledge about French and English history. In this historical fiction literacy activity, students list information they know about the French Revolution and the history of England. Students contribute ideas to complete the first column of a KWHL chart for A Tale of Two Cities, then discuss what they want to know with a partner. Students complete the "How I Will Find Out" section of the chart as a whole class. A resource list with several websites is included.</
Ninth graders explore the French Revolution. In this French Revolution lesson, student research citizen action and public policy during the war. Students write essays regarding their research findings.
Pupils discover the influence of Greek classical art and philosophy on the French Revolution. In this art instructional activity, students analyze a Neoclassical artist and write an essay in which they discuss how the style contributes to the understanding of the work.
Ninth graders examine the reigns of the absolute monarchs and the monetary crisis of the French government.
Students study the concept of Revolution from several different angles including the Russian Revolution, the French Revolution and the Cultural Revolution. They participate in a series of games, readings and concept mapping to relate the essence of revolution from these particular examples.
Students research the history of trade in porcelain wares from Asia and the quest to re-create true hard-paste porcelain in Europe and art in French society. In this French art instructional activity, students research and discuss the possible effects of the quest for the production and consumption of luxury goods in France. Students research the social unrest of the period in relation to the art quest.
Students study the complex relationships between art, artists, and the political establishment in the 19th and 20th centuries. In this art and history instructional activity, students study various photos, paintings, and sculptures and learn about the ideals they represented.
Students view a documentary on Marie Antoinette, who became a symbol of the reviled monarchy. After viewing, students discuss what they saw then create a family line of Marie Antoinette. They compare maps of Europe from her time to ours.
Students explore the basic elements of Islamic art and create their own artistic calligraphy. In this Islamic art activity, students discuss calligraphy and watch a video about Islamic art. Students complete a response sheet for the video and an online text for the topic. Students work in groups to further their study of the Islamic art of calligraphy online. Students teach each other about the art, sketch an example of the Tughra, practice the Arabic alphabet, and create their own calligraphy.
Students analyze the forces that shape character development, including the role of historical events. Students contrast the ethos of the Ancient Regime with the new ideals awakened by the French Revolution.
Young scholars read about a protest in France, led by students against the government's labor laws targeting youth. They research student-led protests over the past 50 years and role-play student protesters, reporters, and government officials.