1. Topic-
The French Revolution
2. Content-
French Society
Estates General
National Constituent Assembly
Storming of the Bastille
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1. To give students a better understanding of the social unrest in France leading up to the Revolution.
2. To put the students "in the shoes" of the French people in order to gain a better understanding.
4. Objectives-
1. Identifying causes of the French Revolution
2. Identifying objectives of different groups participating in the French Revolution
5. Materials and Aids-
- Projector
- Computer
- PowerPoint Presentation
- Burger King Crown
- Cup
- Pieces of papered numbered from 1 to the number of students in the class
- 3 goodie bags of candy
- 2 large bags of candy (including some sugar free choices)
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

Introduce topics that will be discussed:
- French Society
- Estates General
- National Constituent Assembly
- Storming of the Bastille


1. Put crown on and walk around the room having each child draw a number out of a hat.
2. Once each student has a number, ask number 1, 2 and 3 to move to one side of the room and everyone else to move to the other.
3. Give 1, 2 and 3 a prepared goodie bag of candy and explain to the class that they did absolutely nothing to earn their candy other than drawing a number out of a hat.
4. The entire class will be given candy at the end of the discussion.

Independent Practice-

1. Ask the rest of the class how they feel about not receiving anything and listen to their complaining briefly
2. Explain that this is similar to the situation in French Society leading up to the Revolution.
- First Estate: Clergy
- Second Estate: Nobility
- Third Estate (97% of the population): Everyone Else
3. Discuss the Estates General
- Called by King Louis XVI to figure out solution to financial problems
- Dispute between the Estates on "one man, one vote"
- Third Estate becomes the National Constituent Assembly
- Tennis Court Oath
- Storming of the Bastille beginning conflict

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

Sugar free candy will be provided for diabetic students

F. Checking for understanding-

For homework, students will be asked to write a short essay from the perspective of a person in the Estate that they represented expressing their opinion of the structure of the pre-revolution society and how and why they think the Estates General should be handled.

G. Closure-

1. Give the students Third Estate candy
2. Ask for questions

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