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Ch 11: The French Revolution: AP European History Lesson Plans

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The French Revolution chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the overthrow of the French monarchy in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the French Revolution chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayPhases of the revolution;
The Ancien Regime
Commonly-accepted periods of events during the revolution
The structure of French government before the revolution
Tuesday Marie Antoinette;
Assembly of Notables and the Estates General
The French Queen, her life and death
Meeting of the nobility just before the revolution and events of the early revolution
WednesdayThe Storming of the Bastille;
The Constitutional Monarchy
The height of the revolution
Early actions of the new government
Thursday The monarchy's end;
Reaction in other parts of Europe
Persons and events that factored into the abolition of the monarchy;
Strong reactions from other countries
FridayThe French National Convention;
The Reign of Terror;
The Directory
Political parties and factions in the new government
The Committee of Public Safety, Robespierre
France after the Reign of Terror and before Napoleon

11 Lessons in Chapter 11: The French Revolution: AP European History Lesson Plans
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Phases of the French Revolution: Overview & Events

1. Phases of the French Revolution: Overview & Events

This lesson will provide a brief overview of the primary phases, key events, and main characters of the French Revolution. We will also study the conditions and circumstances leading up to the Revolution.

The Ancien Regime: Structure, Politics & Powers

2. The Ancien Regime: Structure, Politics & Powers

In this lesson, we will examine the Ancien Regime. This term typically refers to the structure, politics, and powers of French society before the French Revolution.

Marie Antoinette: History, Life & Fate

3. 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.

Assembly of Notables and the Estates General

4. Assembly of Notables and the Estates General

In this lesson, we will study the Assembly of Notables, which met in 1787, and the Estates General, which met in 1789. Neither group managed to solve France's financial crisis.

The Storming of Bastille & the Great Fear

5. The Storming of Bastille & the Great Fear

In this lesson, we will study the storming of the Bastille, which took place on July 14, 1789 in Paris. We will also examine the Great Fear that ravaged the French countryside in 1789.

The Constitutional Monarchy: Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen & the Civil Constitution

6. The Constitutional Monarchy: Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen & the Civil Constitution

In this lesson, we will study the moderate phase of the French Revolution, focusing specifically on the Tennis Court Oath, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, the Civil Constitution of the Clergy, and the constitutional monarchy.

The End of the Monarchy: Count of Artois, Jacobin, Girondins, Duke of Brunswick

7. The End of the Monarchy: Count of Artois, Jacobin, Girondins, Duke of Brunswick

In this lesson, we will explore the end of the French monarchy. In doing so, we will take a close look at the events and leaders of the French Revolution from 1791 to 1793.

Europe Reacts to the French Revolution

8. Europe Reacts to the French Revolution

France's fellow European countries viewed the French Revolution with a mixture of fear and revulsion. They issued warnings that France refused to heed, and eventually, large-scale war broke out.

Political Factions in the French National Convention

9. 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.

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

10. 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.

The Directory (1795-1799): First, Second & the Coup of 18 Fructidor

11. The Directory (1795-1799): First, Second & the Coup of 18 Fructidor

In this lesson, we will study the last days of the French Revolution. We will examine the French government under the Directory, as well as Napoleon Bonaparte's coup d'etat.

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