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Unit 3: Revolutions and Reaction

Lesson B: Out with the Old World and in with the New

Activity 2: Pre-Revolution Conditions

The First and Second Estates were considered part of the privileged class of France. They owned considerable land and had few taxes and the best jobs.

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Presentation Activity - 18th Century France

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Before you view the presentation:

Download Icon Download the Student Resource: Perspectives on Conditions in France (doc).

View the presentation:

When you are ready, select the play button to learn about 18th century France and complete the corresponding section on your student resource. As you watch, consider the reaction of the Third Estate to the conditions that existed in 18th century France.

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Classroom Activity - Revolution


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Directions: Prepare a response to the discussion question below. Follow your teacher's directions to participate in your class discussion.

  • Predict who will start the French Revolution. Use your understanding of perspective to support your response.
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Select the link to review the Discussion Scoring Tool (pdf).


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