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Napoléon Bonaparte: un héros ou un tyran?
Was Napoléon Bonaparte a hero or a tyrant? Discuss examples of each, and list their common attributes. Then, to form a solid argument and take a stance, intermediate and advanced Francophones conduct Internet research. After a few days at the library, they construct an argumentative speech to support that he was either a hero or a tyrant.
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.
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about Napoleon Bonaparte. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Napoleon Bonaparte Timeline
In this Napoleon Bonaparte activity worksheet, students record the 9 dates and details provided in the appropriate boxes on the timeline.
Bonaparte, Napoleon: Confidential
In this Napoleon Bonaparte worksheet, students write a confidential report about the details of his birth, political ideas, and rise to power.
In this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 10 essay and short answer questions about the life and accomplishments of Napoleon Bonaparte.
The Louisiana Purchase: Reading and Quiz
In need of informational text and a related quiz regarding the Louisiana Purchase? Here are four pages containing basic information on Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon, Manifest Destiny, and the Louisiana Purchase, plus a 15-question quiz.
Once upon a Time in the 1800's
Young readers examine the details in an 1821 painting by Jacques-Louis David depicting two sisters who are exiled princesses. They read a tale about the Brothers Grimm, who were writing fairy tales during the same time period that these sisters were exiled. They then write and illustrate a fairy tale inspired by the painting.
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.
Present the life and times of Napoleon to your World History class. This is a very complete slide-show that high-lights the key events, players, and politics that lead to the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte. There are many rich and interesting images, any one of which would be a great discussion starter. This one is a definite download.
Color in Paintings
Students examine the color in paintings. In this visual arts instructional activity, students explore the 1821 painting by Jacques-Louis David and identify the colors in the art piece. Students write an original fairy tale and create an illustration using primary colors and one neutral color.
Objects of Adornment
Students examine the portrait of two historical princesses. In this art history lesson, students define the term "adornment" and discuss the characteristics of each painting. Students compare and contrast the objects worn by women. As a follow-up activity, students draw a portrait of a women from their own lives.
Objects of Adornment
Students identify adornments as a form of art. In this art and jewelry lesson, students view portraits of two historical princess noticing their adornments, then draw a person in their life focusing on the adornments they wear.
Tricolore, the Flag of Italy
In this reading comprehension instructional activity, students read a passage describing the history of Italy's flag. Then they respond to six multiple choice questions based on the description they read. Students discover who chose the colors of the flag, the meaning of each color, and how the flag is sized.
The Republic and Its Images
Students study the meaning of The Republic and the symbols of the Republic. They learn definitions and look at images that are meant to be a lesson plan that comes before a museum visit. They look at images of artwork from this era of French history.
Napoleon and the War of the Third Coalition
A timeline of the main events in Napoleon's career (starting in 1799) begins this video, which details the War of the Third Coalition and the transition of the Holy Roman Empire into the Confederation of the Rhine. Maps, paintings, and annotations will make this lecture appealing to your students as they learn about Napoleon's incredible rise to the position of Emperor, and therefore, near-invincibility. Strategies of the war from all perspectives help to round out this chapter in history.
The French Expedition to Egypt
High schoolers analyze the effect of the French Expedition to Egypt. In this world history lesson, students research the military, scientific, cultural, and industrial impacts of the expedition. High schoolers create multimedia projects that feature their research findings.
Able Was I Ere I Saw Elba
Students explore palindromes and try writing some of their own. A second lesson centers around French food and restaurants. They create a business plan and menu for an imaginary French restaurant.
Students read information about Orientalism, the artists who painted in that style, and study examples of the art. In this art style lesson plan, students read about the periods of Orientalism and the artists who created with the style. Students study example versions of the art and/or visit a museum with examples.
Revolution: The Call to Battle
Middle schoolers explore revolutions throughout history. In this world history instructional activity, students compare revolutions and wars as they watch "Revolution: The Call to Battle" and discuss their impressions. Middle schoolers then research the Seven Years’ War, the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and Napoleon's military campaigns to determine whether they were revolutions or wars.