How did the relationship between the French people and the king change in the early stages of the Revolution?
How did Robespierre justify the Reign of Terror?
Did Napoleon’s rise to power represent a continuation of or an end to revolutionary ideals?
10th Grade French Revolution Inquiry
Was the French Revolution Successful?
New York State Social Studies Framework Key Idea(s) & Practices
10.2: ENLIGHTENMENT, REVOLUTION, AND NATIONALISM: The Enlightenment called into question traditional beliefs and inspired widespread political, economic, and social change. This intellectual movement was used to challenge political authorities in Europe and colonial rule in the Americas. These ideals inspired political and social movements.
Source B:Painting of the Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I and Coronation of the Empress Josephine
Source C: Napoleon’s account of the internal situation of France in 1804
ARGUMENT Was the French Revolution successful? Construct an argument (e.g., detailed outline, poster, or essay) that addresses the compelling question, using specific claims and relevant evidence from historical sources while acknowledging competing views.
EXTENSION Express these arguments in a perspective-taking exercise using the medium of Twitter.
Understand Investigate a current “unfinished revolution” focusing on a group of people who are currently trying to revolutionize some aspect of society. This could be a political revolution or an economic, social, or even technological revolution.
Assess Examine the extent to which the current attempt at revolution is successful and state one’s personal stance on the justification for the revolution or whether it is, in fact, a revolution.
Act Write an editorial for the school or local newspaper on a current “unfinished revolution.” Within the editorial, students could discuss their positions on the efforts of those engaged in revolutionary activity and the extent to which those efforts are currently successful.