A Revolutionary WebQuest

 

| Introduction | Task | Process |
| Resources | Evaluation | Conclusion |
| Reflection |

 

Introduction:

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Attention all citizens! The race toward democracy has begun. The citizens for France, inspired by the English, are engaged in a battle for independence from a tyrant. You're help is needed! Our revolutionaries and loyalists are are in desperate need of a public relations firm to handle their campaigns. Are you up to the challenge?

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Task:

Citizens of France, your help is needed by many. There is fire burning within the hearts of many. Some call for revolution. Others call for an ending to the rebellion. Your country is in a state of chaos. The battle cry has been given. The alarm has been sounded. It is up to you to help your countrymen, whether they be revolutionaries or loyalists.

Choose your loyalties! Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their country! Time is of the essence. It is time to rally the support of your country folk.

You are a member of an advertising firm that has been hired to promote the positions, grievances, and desires of these revolutionaries and loyalists.

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Process:

You have quite a job ahead! Being the Public Relations firm for either of these groups, revolutionaries or loyalists, can be dangerous. If they don't get the results they're looking for, it could result in your entire firm being throw in jail, or maybe worse! As you venture off on this difficult task, remember that your product needs to be convincing, complete, and favorable to your employer's position.

Students will be divided into Public Relations firms of four or five, depending upon the size of the class. Each person shall be responsible for one part (story, flyer, and PowerPoint slide) for the following three activities.

Your client has requested that you create a newsletter for them to promote their position in the French Revolution. These newsletter, created in Microsoft Publisher or other like software, must include information about the leadership of their group (maybe a "who's who" of revolutionaries or loyalists); something that lists and explains the reasons for their participation in the revolution (why they are fighting); an outline of their positions or demands (what are they fighting for); and any other information that the group determines is necessary. Groups of four will need to have a minimum of four articles or stories; groups of five will need to have at least five.

It is also the opinion of your client that they have some sort of advertising materials that they may circulate or post in order to gain critical "name recognition" and sympathy for their cause. The newsletter may only reach those that are already involved in their cause. They need flyers to capture the attention of new members. Groups of four will need to have four flyers, while groups of five will need to create five.

In order to present your information to your client (and your classmates), you will also be responsible for creating a PowerPoint, or other like software, presentation. The presentation needs to include a minimum of four slides (five for groups of five) outlining the main points of your advertising campaign.

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Resources:

Your textbook is always a good resource for historical information on both the English Civil War and the French Revolution. If you click on any of these links, you will be taken out into the World Wide Web and away from this site. You will need to click on your "Back" button in order to return to this site.

French Revolution

  • Homework Helper on the French Revolution This site has some good background information
  • Internet Modern History Sourcebook
  • Declaration of the Rights of Man This is the complete text of the Declaration.
  • La Marseillaise La Marseillaise was one of the revolutionary songs during this time period. Today, this serves as the French National Anthem. This page does include a RealAudio version of the song as well as a French/English translation.
  • Ca Ira This is another one of the revolutionary songs of France. This does include a RealAudio version of the song and a French/English translation.
  • The National Assembly This site has some information on what the National Assembly of the Third Estate.
  • The People & the French Revolution This site is from Warwick University in England. This page has some good information on both the revolutionary and counterrevolutionary movements in France, including their impact on the course of the Revolution. It is long, but it does have some good information.
  • What is the Third Estate? This link provides some good background information on the Third Estate and their role in French society.
  • The French Revolution This site has some good resource information on the entire French Revolution, including the causes, the National Assembly, the Napoleonic wars, and historical significance!
  • Images of the French Revolution This site contains pictures of counterrevolutionaries, events, faces, etc. Could be good information for newsletters or flyers.

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Evaluation:

Each group will be given two grades: a group grade and an individual grade.

Individual grades are based upon your portion of the newsletter, flyer, presentation, and a reflection paper. Group grades are based upon teamwork, cooperation, and overall effectiveness of the advertising campaign.

To view the rubrics, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. If you do not have Acrobat Reader. you may down load it for free.

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Conclusion:

The Enlightenment writers Montesquieu, Locke and Voltaire did much to inspire change within the people of England and France. Their works would also inspire the colonists of the 13 colonies in the Americas. Understanding their influence and role in inspiring the drive for freedom is important to understanding the change of power in both countries.

The American Revolution was greatly influenced by what happened during the English Civil War. The need to free a society of people from a tyrant has not only influenced the United States, but also many other countries of the world. The American Revolution would go on to inspire the French people to fight for their own independence; however, the method of their struggle for freedom included much fear and violence. The founding fathers feared that the chaos and instability of France might also happen within the U.S. if our government continued to flounder under the Articles of Confederation.

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Reflection:

In order to evaluate what you learned from this project, each group member will write a one page paper on what they learned during this process. Your paper will include the following:

  • How was my role important in the overall completion of the project?
  • What was the most vital part of my job?
  • Was it necessary to coordinate and cooperate with my team members? Why? How was this accomplished?
  • How would you describe this project to someone outside of this class?

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Updated April 20, 2006