Ch 5: French Revolution & Napoleon Lesson Plans

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If you need to plan lessons about Napoleon and the French Revolution, look no further than these convenient teacher resources. Containing lesson plan outlines, project ideas, essay questions and quizzes, this chapter can help you quickly plan and supplement your curriculum.

French Revolution & Napoleon Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Quickly design a comprehensive French Revolution and Napoleon unit with these lesson plans and teacher resources. The chapter includes lesson plan outlines that help you create informative lessons about the French Revolution, the guillotine, the Reign of Terror, Maximilian Robespierre, Marie Antoinette, Bastille Day and more. We've included several supplemental resources to help you enhance your curriculum and test your students' knowledge. These resources include:

  • Bite-sized video and text-based lessons
  • Essay questions
  • Project ideas
  • Multiple-choice quizzes

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  • Homework or classwork suggestions: Includes multiple-choice quizzes that can be assigned during class or as homework
  • Additional resources: Contains supplemental lessons that you can share with your students prior to a class discussion
  • Learning objectives: Outlines the most important historical topics related to Napoleon and the French Revolution
  • Individual or group projects: Provides project ideas for French Revolution topics

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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning French Revolution and Napoleon lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific French Revolution and Napoleon topics you want to cover in class.
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  • Share the related French Revolution and Napoleon lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important French Revolution and Napoleon concepts from the lessons.
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30 Lessons in Chapter 5: French Revolution & Napoleon Lesson Plans
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The French Revolution: Timeline & Major Events

1. The French Revolution: Timeline & Major Events

In this lesson, we will learn about the French Revolution. We will examine the causes of the French Revolution and highlight the key themes and events associated with it.

French Revolution Essay Questions & Topics

2. French Revolution Essay Questions & Topics

The French Revolution is complex, and there's a lot for students to learn. One way of helping students amend their knowledge is by assigning essays. Here are some questions about the French Revolution from which you can choose.

Guillotine Lesson Plan

3. Guillotine Lesson Plan

What is a guillotine? This lesson plan provides a historical look at the use of the guillotine as a method of execution with the help of a text lesson and activity.

Execution by Guillotine:  Definition & Invention

4. Execution by Guillotine: Definition & Invention

The Guillotine was invented in 1789, at the start of the French Revolution as a new way to execute people. It became notorious in 1792 as the method of execution for French aristocrats apprehended during the Reign of Terror. Learn more about the history of the Guillotine and how it was used during the French Revolution.

The Reign of Terror in the French Revolution: Definition, Summary & Timeline

5. The Reign of Terror in the French Revolution: Definition, Summary & Timeline

In this lesson, we explore the phase of the French Revolution popularly known as the Reign of Terror, a year-long period where thousands of French men and women lost their lives.

Maximilien Robespierre Lesson Plan

6. Maximilien Robespierre Lesson Plan

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.

Maximilien Robespierre: Biography, Facts & Death

7. Maximilien Robespierre: Biography, Facts & Death

In this lesson you will learn about Maximilien Robespierre, a man we remember as the ringleader of the bloody Reign of Terror during the French Revolution. We will look at his early life, rise in French politics, and his downfall.

Maximilien Robespierre: Quotes & Speeches

8. Maximilien Robespierre: Quotes & Speeches

In this lesson we will examine Maximilien Robespierre, a leading figure in the French Revolution. We will explore his life, and focus specifically on his speeches and quotes. We will learn what he believed about politics and society.

French Revolution Project Ideas

9. French Revolution Project Ideas

The French Revolution is a key event in world history, and teaching about it can be a major responsibility. This lesson offers ideas for projects that will make the history real.

Marie Antoinette Lesson Plan

10. Marie Antoinette Lesson Plan

The historically-significant life of Marie Antoinette appeals to students because it was filled with mystery and drama. This lesson plan makes learning about her fun and fruitful with the help of a video lesson to guide small group activities.

Marie Antoinette: History, Life & Fate

11. Marie Antoinette: History, Life & Fate

In this lesson, we will meet Marie Antoinette, the wife of French King Louis XVI. We will get to know Marie Antoinette as we study her early life, her years as the French queen, and her tragic end.

Bastille Day Lesson Plan

12. Bastille Day Lesson Plan

This lesson plan uses activities, a discussion, and a quiz to help your students learn about the importance of Bastille Day and what happens during this national French holiday.

Bastille Day Lesson for Kids: Facts, History & Traditions

13. Bastille Day Lesson for Kids: Facts, History & Traditions

Do you like fireworks and stories about brave people fighting for more freedom? Then you will enjoy learning about an important holiday in France, Bastille Day!

Napoleon Lesson Plan

14. Napoleon Lesson Plan

If you're about to start a unit on Napoleon Bonaparte, consider using this lesson plan. Help students understand the timeline of events that lead to the rise and fall of Napoleon using a short video, class discussion, and a classroom activity.

The Rise & Fall of Napoleon Bonaparte

15. The Rise & Fall of Napoleon Bonaparte

In this lesson, we explore the rise and fall of one of the 19th century's greatest military minds, the French general and Emperor of France, Napoleon Bonaparte.

Napoleonic Code Lesson Plan

16. Napoleonic Code Lesson Plan

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.

Napoleonic Code: The Civil Code of 1804

17. Napoleonic Code: The Civil Code of 1804

In this lesson, we will study the Civil Code of 1804, which is also called the Napoleonic Code. We will examine the code's development and content and see how it influenced the laws of other nations.

Fall of Napoleon Lesson Plan

18. Fall of Napoleon Lesson Plan

If you are discussing Napoleon Bonaparte, this lesson plan explores his loss of French reign. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

The Fall of Napoleon & the Congress of Vienna: Definition & Results

19. The Fall of Napoleon & the Congress of Vienna: Definition & Results

In this lesson, we explore the fall of Napoleon's French Empire after his fateful decision to invade Russia in 1812. In turn, we also discuss the Congress of Vienna that convened after Napoleon's defeat and attempted to plan post-Napoleonic Europe.

Causes of the French Revolution Lesson Plan

20. Causes of the French Revolution Lesson Plan

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.

The Causes of the French Revolution: Economic & Social Conditions

21. The Causes of the French Revolution: Economic & Social Conditions

In this lesson, we explore the social, economic, and political conditions in late 18th-century France, out of which the French Revolution exploded in 1789.

Barbary Pirates Lesson Plan

22. Barbary Pirates Lesson Plan

This lesson plan utilizes an informative video lesson to introduce students to three key events of the Jefferson presidency that affected the power of the presidency. Students' learning is further enhanced through performing research and then presenting their findings in a creative, engaging way to inform their classmates.

Barbary Pirates, Napoleonic Wars and Embargo of 1807

23. Barbary Pirates, Napoleonic Wars and Embargo of 1807

Throughout President Jefferson's two terms in office, his foreign policy revolved around war in Europe. Despite his attempts to remain neutral, American ships were drawn into conflict that demanded the president's response.

National Convention Lesson Plan

24. National Convention Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about the National Convention of the French Revolution. They will explore the various factions of this convention and debate the visions of each for France's future.

Political Factions in the French National Convention

25. Political Factions in the French National Convention

By the end of 1792, the French Revolution had entered into a radical phase. Conflict and factions sprang up everywhere, as we shall see in this lesson.

Comparing French & American Revolutions Lesson Plan

26. Comparing French & American Revolutions Lesson Plan

There are some similarities and differences between the American and French Revolutions. Your students will be interested in learning about these revolutions as they watch videos, create Venn diagrams, and complete worksheets.

French Revolution Lesson Plan for Elementary School

27. French Revolution Lesson Plan for Elementary School

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about the French Revolution. They will explore the attitudes, motivations, and changes of this movement and synthesize that information by creating political cartoons.

French Revolution Lesson Plan

28. French Revolution Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan and video lesson from Study.com to teach students about the French Revolution. Guide your class from the Bastille to Napoleon, and further understanding with related lessons and extensions.

Reign of Terror Lesson Plan

29. Reign of Terror Lesson Plan

Teaching the Reign of Terror with your students? Use this lesson plan to examine the phase in history. Watch a video, define terms, discuss events, and follow up with an engaging activity.

Napoleon Bonaparte Project Ideas

30. Napoleon Bonaparte Project Ideas

Many students have heard of Napoleon Bonaparte, but don't know much about him. These projects can help you find new ways to bring Napoleon into the classroom, whether it's your class' first or tenth time to study him.

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