Maximilien Robespierre Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about Maximilien Robespierre. Students will read two informational texts detailing his life, quotes and speeches, ask and answer questions, do an activity and take a quiz to make learning last.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • provide a biography of Maximilien Robespierre
  • explain quotes and speeches of Robespierre
  • discuss Robespierre and his contribution to the French Revolution


1 - 2 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Republic of Virtue
  • The Incorruptible
  • Committee of Public Safety
  • The Reign of Terror
  • Jacobin
  • Thermidorian Reaction
  • French Revolution
  • Guillotine
  • The Principles of Property
  • Deism
  • Festival of the Supreme Being

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

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