Causes of the French Revolution Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Explore the reasons for the French Revolution with your class using this lesson plan. A video lesson explains the social, economic, and political conditions that led to the revolution and discussion questions and activities support concepts.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the social, economic, and political conditions that led to the French Revolution


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Key Vocabulary

  • French Revolution
  • Louis XIV
  • Louis XV
  • Louis XVI
  • Seven Years War
  • Palace of Versailles
  • Grub Street
  • Assembly of Notables
  • Estates-General

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.3

Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

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