Napoleonic Code Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan provides your class with key terms, discussion topics, a quiz, and an activity that will help them learn more about the Napoleonic Code.

Learning Objectives

Once students have gone through this lesson, they should be able to:

  • describe the reasons for why the Napoleonic Code was established
  • identify the alternate names for the Napoleonic Code
  • discuss what was right and wrong with the Napoleonic Code, especially by modern standards


1-1.5 hours


Curriculum Standards

  • 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.

Key Vocabulary

  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Jean-Jacques-Régis de Cambacérès
  • Jean-Etienne-Marie Portalis
  • Civic Code (define this once using a general definition and another time with respect to how it pertains to the lesson topic)

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