The year 1789 was the beginning of the French Revolution. The French Revolution has been seen as a major turning point in both European political and social history.
A few causes of the French Revolution:
1. Condition of the French Society
2. France’s population was divided into 3 estates like it had been since the Middle Ages.
French Revolution Hands On Activities
Start out a unit study or lapbook with something hands-on instead of something that could be boring. Necessary background information on your topic or even studying dates can come after you introduce something engaging.
French Revolution 1789 – 1799 Unit Study & Lapbook
I want my kids to learn those necessary facts about a topic like the French Revolution, but starting them out on things like the causes of the French Revolution or talking about the 3 Estates of French society may put them to sleep. It may put me to sleep too.
So I like to include some hands-on learning activities to make diving into a unit fun, engaging and relevant to the content.
French Revolution Copywork
Copywork is not just for young kids, but it has restorative value through all their years. Sure, it is about learning to write when they do it in the early years. In the later years, penning and storing beautiful words in their mind and heart is about treasuring those words from great literature. Here I have copywork from the first paragraph of A Tale of Two Cities for the famous opening lines.
Storming the Bastille
We created a Solar Oven to for a hands on activity to lean about solar energy. Because we had read in our atlas how France is using solar energy to provide energy for the UK. The only way to test out the power of the sun is to bake chocolate chip cookies of course.
Pain Au’ Chocolat
Because the French Revolution is a pretty deep topic I wanted to focus some on the cultural aspects of the country. When I think of France and it’s culture, I think of, the best bread and chocolate. So I came up with an easy hands-on idea for studying about France and that is to make chocolate sandwiches or pain au chocolat.
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Beethoven & The French Revolution Minibook
I created this free minibook to go with our current unit study about the French Revolution. We are using it to note a few facts about Beethoven. We were delighted to know that our composer study, utilizing Zeezok Music Appreciation book 1, lined up with our French Revolution unit study. Anytime you can incoporate additional areas of learning into a unit study it only enhances the overall level of learning. Of course you can certainly do a bit of your own research with books you may have on hand or on the internet to complete this section.
The Guillotine French Terror Minibook
When it comes to gore, why are our kids so heads up about topics like this? Well it’s no doubt this topic was fascinating, but at the same time it would make quite the essay for a high school topic on capital punishment. We touched on some of that in our school day, but mainly we focused on some of the science and history behind the guillotine. The guillotine is a noteworthy invention by the French to a terrible problem of how people were executed. Prior to the guillotine, people were burned at the stake, drawn and quartered or pulled apart by horse or oxen. My goal was to focus on some of the science or facts behind it rather than the gruesomeness of it, it allowed us to study this topic and it not be all about the French terror.
French Revolution Timeline
This minibook is based on events leading up to the French Revolution. Basically, it is a mini timeline. There are two different versions of this minibook. The first version has the pictures and information with the key dates already in it. Because I do test my children on recall of information we have been reading together, I have a second version of this minibook that does not have any information filled in. It can be filled in with their own well researched facts. You decide which version to use with your crew.
3 Estates Open Book
3 Estates is an open face book which allows for identification of the class distinctions which was one of the problems which led to the French Revolution. The largest class was the common folks and most of them didn’t have the necessities of life, like bread. So we looked up some scriptures about partiality in the Bible and had discussion about equality for all man.
Causes of the French Revolution Layered Book
You could add several more causes for the French Revolution than the 3 easy ones I included in this minibook. The French Revolution is certainly a high school topic but chisel it down to make it an elementary or middle school topic like I have done here.
French Revolution King and Queen Minibooks
For these minibooks I didn’t add any information because there is an abundance of information about these famous historical characters. This is a pretty easy research project for your middle-schooler.
What is… Minibooks
What is the Directory? What is the Reign of Terror? and What is the Sans-Cullotte? In this case, they are mini flip books that go in the center of the lapbook. You can decide if you want your kids to add their own research or use the facts given.
Additional Resources for Your French Revolution Unit Study
Abridged Audio: James Mason reads Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.“
- A Tale of Two Cities Audio Cd by Jim Weiss
- Guillotine It’s Legend and Lore by Daniel Gerould.