What could an assignment be on the French Revolution?
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I think that one particularly interesting task on the French Revolution to assign to students would be to create Point of View Guides/ Diary Entries from the vantage point of different individuals in the French Revolution. The assignment involves students selecting three or four different people during the French Revolution and then discussing the flow of history from their own point of view. For example, examining the Revolution from the point of view of Marie Antoinette, a peasant who participated in the storming of the Bastille, and Robespierre would enable students to be able to assess the impact of the Revolution from different points of view. Having students write these impressions in the form of diary entries or letters to fictionalized loved ones will enable a sense of personalization in the history to emerge as students will have to fuse their own understanding of history with the record of what happened. You could also ask students to have to include specific events in their point of view guides, enabling them to be able to research the historical impact of events in the eyes of the person upon which they are focused. I think that this type of assignment is extremely relevant and worthwhile in creating meaningful study of a historical topic like the French Revolution.
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