Causes of the French Revolution

Note: A condensed version of the French Revolution Study Unit is also available (designed to take 7-8 teaching hours).


French Revolution Worksheets and Lesson Plans

1. Why does the French Revolution Matter? - Teacher PowerPoint Starter
A presentation designed to generate student interest and establish the relevance of the subject.
2. The Fall of the Bastille: Running Dictation Exercise [interactive]
An innovative activity designed to help students learn about the opening stages of the Revolution. There is a worksheet that can be used to accompany the activity.
3. Long-Term Causes of the French Revolution: The Three Estates System (Part 1)
A worksheet designed to be used as a 'back to back' exercise in the classroom. The teacher copy should also be downloaded.
4. Long-Term Causes of the French Revolution: The Three Estates System (Part 2)
A sourcework-based exercise to develop understanding further.
5. Short-Term Causes of the French Revolution: King Louis XVI
A good King? A good man? both? neither?! Students reach their verdict after looking at a variety of primary sources.
6. Short Term Causes of the French Revolution: Marie-Antoinette
The teacher should start by showing students this PowerPoint Presentation of stills from the Kirsten Dunst film to decide what impression is being created.
They then use the worksheet to decide how accurate the interpretation actually is.
Marie-Antoinette as played by Kirsten Dunst
7. Mid-Term Causes of the French Revolution: War, Economy, Philosophers
Which of these three were the most important? And what nasty "dirt" can we find out on each of these philosophers to minimise the damage to the King?
8. Decision-Making Game: The Causes of the French Revolution: Part 1 [interactive]
Can you help Louis XVI avoid Civil War? A decision-making adventure, complete with sound effects and worksheet tasks.
Students have the ability to proceed straight onto Part 2 of the game when they finish it; I personally prefer not to play the game at this stage, but instead play Part 1 and Part 2 in one go at the end of the study unit as a revision exercise. However, if time is limited (e.g. 30 minute lesson), breaking it into two smaller simulations would be a good idea!
9. Mid-Unit Assessment
Students are provided with a list of possible questions for a GCSE-style test. In a subsequent lesson, the teacher should pick one question at random and the students write their answers in a timed exercise.
10. Essay-Planning Task
This worksheet is designed to be used in conjunction with the mid-unit assessment in this unit. Students compare, contrast and connect 6 key factors to produce a detailed essay plan.


End of Unit Interactive Quizzes

1. Interactive Exercise
By C. Warren at Rochester Girls' Grammar


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