French Revolution Unit Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Historians often connect the American Revolution and the French Revolution. So if you find yourself teaching on this topic, this unit plan can help you find resources, discussions questions, activities, essay topics, and project ideas.

The French Revolution Lesson Outline

When teaching a lesson on a period of historical consequence such as the French Revolution, it is important to emphasize four different concepts:

  • Causes
  • Effects
    • What changes took place in France as the century came to a close? What improved about France, and what took a turn for the worse?
  • Historical Significance
    • Why is the French Revolution still discussed centuries later? How is it perceive in modern times, not only in France, but also in other countries?
  • Understanding

While teaching this outline, it will be helpful if you emphasize the above points. This will give your students a 'heads-up' to what they will be studying, and ultimately improve their overall understanding.

Step One - Pre-Discussion Session

Before you actually teach about the French Revolution, it is not a bad idea to gauge your students' level of knowledge about the subject with a class discussion. These questions will assist you:

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