Bastille Day Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan uses activities, a discussion, and a quiz to help your students learn about the importance of Bastille Day and what happens during this national French holiday.

Learning Objectives

After completing this lesson, students should to be able to:

  • Identify the date of Bastille Day
  • Discuss the importance of Bastille Day
  • Understand what happens in France on Bastille Day


30-60 minutes without the activity


Curriculum Standards


Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.


Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


  • Ask your students the following question: ''Can you name a day in France that is as important as the Fourth of July in the United States?'' Use the discussion as an opportunity to introduce Bastille Day as the focus of today's lesson.
  • Pass out copies of the Bastille Day Lesson for Kids: Facts, History & Traditions.
  • Read the lesson as a class.
  • Once you've finished reading it, discuss the following:
    • Why was the King disliked in France in 1789?
    • What was the Bastille?
    • Why did the French people decide to storm the Bastille?
    • What happened on July 14, 1789?
    • How do French people celebrate Bastille Day?
    • What did Bastille Day mark the start of?
  • Mini-activity: Show a video of actual Bastille Day celebrations across France. Discuss how this video corresponds to what the students learned during the lesson and how it compares to U.S. Independence Day celebrations.
  • Afterward, each student should take the lesson quiz. Review the quiz as a class.

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