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Ch 12: The Napoleonic Empire: AP European History Lesson Plans

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The Napoleonic Empire chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about the life and battles of Napoleon Bonaparte 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 Napoleonic Empire 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
MondayNapoleon Bonaparte: life, political ambitions and civil code Key events in the life of Napoleon Bonaparte, his rise to power and basis for his Napoleonic Code
TuesdayNapoleonic Wars French-British conflicts and the Treaty of Amiens, the Spanish Peninsular War, invasion of Russia and War of the Third Coalition
WednesdayEuropean nationalism Events, history and influence of European nationalism during the time of Napoleon
Thursday Congress of Vienna Goals, participants and outcome of the Congress of Vienna
Friday Battle of Waterloo and downfall of Napoleon Characteristics of Napoleon's leadership style and reasons for his defeat at Waterloo

9 Lessons in Chapter 12: The Napoleonic Empire: AP European History Lesson Plans
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Napoleon Bonaparte: History, Politics & Rise to Power

1. Napoleon Bonaparte: History, Politics & Rise to Power

In this lesson, we will meet the famous Napoleon Bonaparte. We will examine Napoleon's early life, his military career, the politics of his age, and his rise to power.

Napoleonic Code: The Civil Code of 1804

2. 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.

Treaty of Amiens (1802): Overview, Agreement & Objections

3. Treaty of Amiens (1802): Overview, Agreement & Objections

In this lesson, we will study the events leading up to the 1802 Treaty of Amiens, which ended a long war between France and Great Britain. We will also examine the provisions and outcome of the treaty.

The Third Coalition: Overview, Battles & Treaties

4. The Third Coalition: Overview, Battles & Treaties

In this lesson, we will study the War of the Third Coalition that pitted France against Britain, Russia, Austria, and several other allies. We will take a close look at the battles of Trafalgar, Ulm, and Austerlitz.

The Peninsular War in Spain

5. The Peninsular War in Spain

In this lesson, we will study the Peninsular War in Spain that pitted France against Great Britain, Spain and Portugal for control of the Iberian Peninsula.

Nationalism Grows in Europe: Timeline, Events & Impact

6. Nationalism Grows in Europe: Timeline, Events & Impact

In this lesson, we will study the growth of nationalism that took place during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic age. We will begin by defining nationalism and then explore how it developed in these critical eras.

French Invasion of Russia in 1812: Advance, Retreat & Battles

7. French Invasion of Russia in 1812: Advance, Retreat & Battles

In this lesson, we will examine Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812. We'll take a close look at the emperor's reasons for invading, the progress of the invasion, and the results of the campaign.

Napoleon Bonaparte and the Battle of Waterloo

8. Napoleon Bonaparte and the Battle of Waterloo

In this lesson, we will explore the return of Napoleon Bonaparte to France on March 1, 1815, his hundred-day reign, and his downfall at the Battle of Waterloo on June 18, 1815.

Congress of Vienna: Members, Objectives & Results

9. Congress of Vienna: Members, Objectives & Results

In this lesson, we will study the Congress of Vienna, which established a balance of power in Europe after Napoleon's defeat. We will meet the Congress' members, examine its objectives, and take a look at its results.

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