Understanding the French Revolution via Allegory

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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

Click on this text in order to make a copy of the “Questions for our 5th grade friends” document that you’ll need to bring with you on Monday!

 

Is This how fascism comes to America?

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No Way! We’re WAY too educated and enlightened for that right?! Plus, america is a democracy, that could never happen in a democracy…..

Not so fast…read the beautifully historic piece written by Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institute in the Washington Post below: 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/this-is-how-fascism-comes-to-america/2016/05/17/c4e32c58-1c47-11e6-8c7b-6931e66333e7_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-b%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

When finished, reflect on the following questions:

  1. Are the historical based arguments Kagan uses valid? Why or why not?
  2. Can you think of other historical arguments that would be appropriate that Kagan left out?
  3. What are some important distinguishing factors that Kagan left out of his historical examples?
  4. Do you agree with his thesis?

 

 

World History Final Project

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Analyze how Individuals Create and Change Culture, Authority, or Governance

For your final project, you and your group will have to create a mini museum exhibit that answers the above question. Please see link below on how exactly you’ll execute that task as well as what is required: 

World History Final Project[1]

Link to Possible People: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bMVh1zLgrbPxmgJZ0Od9BxiIYfsWiHQYa5mcG1gzK1E/edit?usp=sharing

Note Taking Form (required) 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/13bPQRac9rdmxyfj01WWygx2BsnztOOlVrwi82XTToV4/edit?usp=drive_web

The Red Scare and Fear as Control

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Fear is indeed a tool of political control.  The question is the degree to which the marketing of fear and subsequent exploitation is purposeful.

There are some very famous examples of purposeful exploitation of fear for political control and personal gain.  I’m sure Hitler comes to mind, as he should. However after this learning activity, two more should come to mind.

Download and complete the learning helper below and be ready to discuss at length next class!

Red Scare and Fear as Control