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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.
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.
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.
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.
Learners examine the portrait of two historical princesses. In this art history lesson, students define the term "adornment" and discuss the characteristics of each painting. Learners compare and contrast the objects worn by women. As a follow-up activity, students draw a portrait of a women from their own lives.
Students examine the color in paintings. In this visual arts 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.
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.
Students explore revolutions throughout history. In this world history lesson, students compare revolutions and wars as they watch "Revolution: The Call to Battle" and discuss their impressions. Students 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.
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.
Students read information about Orientalism, the artists who painted in that style, and study examples of the art. In this art style lesson, 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.