French Revolution Activities

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

The French Revolution marked the people's revolt against the monarchy. It was a chaotic and violent time in many respects, but led to a republic for the people. These activities call attention to the era of the French Revolution for students.

Mapping the Battles of the French Revolution

There were many significant battles during the French Revolution. This activity gives students a chance to map them out and mark the victor.

Materials

  • Photocopies of a map of Europe
  • Colored pencils

Instructions

  • Begin by passing out the photocopied maps.
  • Have students use classroom resources and the internet to label the countries and territories of Europe during the time of the French Revolution.
  • Then, have them research the battles of the French Revolution, paying attention to the location and the victor.
  • Finally, have them mark the battles on the appropriate locations on the map.

Hats Off to Liberty

The liberty cap or as the French called it, bonnet de la Liberté, became a symbol of the French Revolution. This activity gives students a chance to create their own.

Materials

  • Photocopied templates or patterns for a liberty cap
  • Several images of the liberty cap
  • Red felt
  • Chalk
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Red Yarn

Instructions

  • Show students the images of the liberty cap.
  • Then, have them use the template/pattern to trace the outline for their hat on the felt with the chalk.
  • Have the students cut out their felt pieces now.
  • Explain that they will need to punch holes with the hole punch around what will become the seams of the cap.
  • Finally, have the students attach the felt pieces by weaving the yarn through the punched holes.

Timeline of the Revolution

The French Revolution spanned over ten years. There are many key moments that changed its direction over this period. This activity gives students the chance to create a timeline of pivotal moments in the Revolution.

Materials

  • White butcher paper on a roll
  • Markers

Instructions

  • Have the class begin by prioritizing key events in the French Revolution with the help of the internet and classroom resources.
  • Then, have the students place these events in chronological order.
  • Finally, have the students create a timeline of these events on the white butcher paper, taking as much of the length as is necessary to allow room for their list of events. Students should also draw a simple image to reflect each entry on the timeline.

Let the French Flag Fly

The French Revolution led to a new flag for France. This is the flag that we still recognize today as the flag of France. This activity gives students the chance to create one for themselves.

Materials

  • Photos of the French flag
  • Red felt
  • White felt
  • Blue felt
  • Scissors
  • Wooden dowel rods
  • Glue
  • Stapler

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