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Unit 3: Revolutions and Reaction

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

Activity 5: The Revolution Begins

Think about the prediction you made earlier about which social class in France would be responsible for starting the revolution. Did you say the Third Estate?

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Presentation Activity - A Revolution in France

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Before you view the presentation:

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In your notebook, write down the following questions:

  • List the steps the Third Estate took to gain political power.
  • If you were a member of the Third Estate and had to form a new government, would you want to give some power to the king?
  • Would you eliminate the monarchy altogether?

View the presentation:

When you are ready, select the play button to learn about A Revolution in France. As you view the presentation, answer the notebook questions.

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After you view the presentation: participate in the classroom activity listed below.

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Classroom Activity - The Third Estate

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Directions: Follow your teacher's directions to manually or electronically participate in the following poll.

What should the Third Estate do next?

  • An all out war with the King; King receives no power in the new government.
  • Try to form a new government that gives the King limited power.
  • Return full power to the King, but eliminate the Old Regime class system.


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