French Revolution Writing Assignment: Global Studies II



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French Revolution Writing Assignment: Global Studies II

In order to complete this project, you will need to examine one of two things: the leaders of the French Revolution and the differences/similarities between the French and American Revolutions. You will have two days in the computer lab to complete this project. This project is to be done individually. You may choose whether you want to complete PART A or PART B of this project. You only need to do one part.



THIS ASSIGNMENT IS WORTH 36 POINTS.

PART A: Revolutionary Leader

  • Choose one of the following leaders of the Revolution as your subject:

Robespierre, Danton, Marat

Paragraph 1: Background.

Who is your leader? Where is he from? What kind of education and job did he have? Include any other background information that you think is relevant.

Paragraph 2: Politics

What were your leader’s political views during the revolution? How did your leader view the revolution? Make sure you discuss whether those political views changed over the course of the revolution.

Paragraph 3: Impact

What impact did your leader have on the Revolution? What did he do? Why was he important?

YOU NEED TO CITE 2 “GOOD” SOURCES IN MLA FORMAT IF YOU CHOOSE PART A.

Grading: Each paragraph is worth 12 points. You will be graded on the following:



  • Did you respond to all questions in each paragraph?

  • Is your analysis in-depth? Simply answering the questions is not enough to earn an A; you should explain your response and include your own analysis where appropriate.

  • Did you check for typos? Is your essay free of spelling and grammar mistakes?

  • Did you cite 2 sources in MLA format?

  • Is your paper typed, double-spaced in 12 point font, with your name on it?

Part B: American Revolution vs. French Revolution

  • Google the following: “Gilder Lehrman Institute Advice Not Taken” and click on the first link to open the article. Read the article (make sure you choose “show full essay”).

  • Write an essay containing the following information:

Paragraph 1: Goals

What were the goals of the American Revolution (based on your prior knowledge of American history)? What were the goals of the French Revolution?

Paragraph 2: Compare and Contrast

In what ways were the French and American Revolutions similar? In what ways were they different?

Paragraph 3:

The dictionary defines “revolution” as “a forcible overthrow of a government or social order in favor of a new system.” In your opinion, was the American Revolution or the French Revolution more “revolutionary” and why? Give specific examples from the article to support your opinion.

Grading: Each paragraph is worth 12 points. You will be graded on the following:



  • Did you respond to all questions in each paragraph?

  • Is your analysis in-depth? Simply answering the questions is not enough to earn an A; you should explain your response and include your own analysis where appropriate.

  • Did you check for typos? Is your essay free of spelling and grammar mistakes?

  • Did you put your ideas into your own words, instead of simply copying and pasting quotes from the paper? Your paper should have few, if any, direct quotes.

  • Is your paper typed, double-spaced in 12 point font, with your name on it?


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