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The French Revolution/Crash Course World History

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The French Revolution/Crash Course World History


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John Green examines the French Revolution and gets into how and why it differed from the American Revolution. Was it the serial authoritarian regimes? The guillotine? The Reign of Terror? All of this and more contributed to the French Revolution not being quite as revolutionary as it could have been. France endured multiple constitutions, the heads of state literally rolled, and then they ended up with a megalomaniacal little emperor by the name of Napoleon. But how did all of this change the world, and how did it lead to other, more successful revolutions around the world? Watch this video and find out. Spoiler alert: Marie Antoinette never said, "Let them eat cake." Sorry.

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Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 9
World History: 1500 to the Present
7 ) Describe the impact of the French Revolution on Europe, including political evolution, social evolution, and diffusion of nationalism and liberalism.

•  Identifying causes of the French Revolution
•  Describing the influence of the American Revolution on the French Revolution
•  Identifying objectives of different groups participating in the French Revolution
•  Describing the role of Napoléon Bonaparte as an empire builder
Unpacked Content
Strand: Geography, History, Civics and Government
Course Title: World History: 1500 to the Present
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • Analyze the influences and causes of the French Revolution.
  • Describe the influence the American Revolution had on the French Revolution.
  • Compare and contrast the objectives of the different groups that participated in the French Revolution.
  • Discuss the importance of Napoleon Bonaparte and the role he played in Europe.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • French Revolution
  • political evolution
  • social evolution
  • nationalism
  • liberalism
  • American Revolution
Students know:
  • Describe the impact of the French Revolution on political and social thought.
Students are able to:
  • Analyze historical and political thoughts and actions using primary resources such as literature and visual art.
  • Analyze the role of key components in a historical situation using primary resources including literature, visual art, and maps.
  • Compare and contrast the thoughts, actions, and motives of historical groups.
Students understand that:
  • The French Revolution had a significant impact on political and social thought.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.9.7- Define revolution.
SS.AAS.9.7a - Identify causes, people, and key events of the French Revolution.
SS.AAS.9.7a - Define nationalism and liberalism.

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Author: Ginger Boyd