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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.
French Revolution lessons can help students explore the political, social, and economic issues of the time.
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, learners 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 worksheet includes these three great short answer questions.
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.
Students 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.
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. In 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 lesson, 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.
Students study the history of tapestries. They design medieval-style tapestries of their own and study the role of art in modern culture. Tapestry template included.
Students discover the influence of Greek classical art and philosophy on the French Revolution. In this art lesson, 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 analyze the influence of various forms of citizen action on public policy during the period of the French Revolution. They compare a chart and participate in class to determine the different forms of action taken during this time period.
Students investigate some the ways art has responded to conflict throughout history. Through teacher lecture and demonstration, students witness the historical background of a piece of artwork and how it reflects the conflict it represents. Students create their own piece of artwork to illustrate what September 11, 2001 meant in terms of US history.
Students study the complex relationships between art, artists, and the political establishment in the 19th and 20th centuries. In this art and history lesson, students study various photos, paintings, and sculptures and learn about the ideals they represented.
Students examine how the French and American revolutions influenced and emergence of free press in these countries. Students explore the link between government control of the press and the type of government. They compare and contrast the benefits of free press.
Museums that house art also house history. Take a look inside the Altes Museum in Berlin with a great presentation that provides background on the construction and history of the museum. Image and text will help learners conceptualize the Greek inspirations for the museum itself as well as its collection on German Romantic pieces.
Students explore the basic elements of Islamic art and create their own artistic calligraphy. In this Islamic art lesson, 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.