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This lesson begins with a simulation that will let students feel what it was like to be a part of different estates in France prior to the French Revolution.
What is a Revolution?
Begin by playing the song, "Revolution." Instruct students to listen carefully to the lyrics so that they can identify what the song's message is. Probe the students for prior knowledge by asking convergent and divergent questions about revolution. (Begin with open-ended questions: "What do you know about revolutions? What is the difference between a war and a revolution? Can you name any revolutions?") Write students answers on the board. Ask students about current revolutions. "Do you know of any revolutions currently happening or ones which have been in the news recently?" (ex: Northern Ireland crisis, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iraq, Eastern European countries, etc.).