Understanding the French Revolution via Allegory


An allegory is an extended analogy designed to articulate information. There have been many famous allegories throughout history such as George Orwell’s Animal Farm, a cautionary allegory about the rise of soviet style communism. The Greek philosopher Plato used an allegory to explain his meta-physics via his famous, allegory of the cave.

You are going to create an allegory of the French Revolution! This will galvanize your content knowledge as well has help with your causal and contextual understanding.

Download the Assignment here: Analogy Assignment

Download the assignment rubric here: French Revolution Allegory Assignment Rubric

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To Shoot an Elephant: An examination of shared vs. personal knowledge


To Shoot an Elephant? 

Not exactly, “To Be or Not to Be?” However as you’ll read, it becomes almost as heavy an existential question. 

While reflecting on how to move forward with you all, I thought it had been too long since we read some literature together and while considering what to read, I had our last class’ conversation on my mind…shared vs. individual knowledge and the interplay between the two as well as the implications.  

The following story written by the great George Orwell will bring this concept into the forefront as well as many other issues in regard to history (our next unit) and social influence on behavior. So read it, enjoy it and lets talk: