History KS3 / GCSE: The French Revolution

Andrew Marr tells the story of the French Revolution.

He explores the causes and events, Louis XVI’s failed escape and execution and Napoleon’s ascent to power.

Warning: There are some violent scenes of execution and riot.

This clip is from the series: Andrew Marr's History of the World.

Teacher Notes

Before viewing this clip the teacher could prepare a check-list of key points for students.

This might be given before the viewing, and might be given to students as a set of separate cards for them to re-sequence in pairs to allow discussion and review.

Students could plan and create a comic book narration of the events of the French Revolution.

Students could be asked to note the causes of the French Revolution and the aims of its proponents.

Pausing at 3 minutes 8 seconds, students could recall these factors and comment on how just the cause of revolution seems to have been.

In the remainder of the extract students might be asked to record the key events of the revolution and its aftermath.

Students could be asked to comment on how successful the revolution was with reference to the causes and aims identified at the beginning.

For more challenging discussions students might assess how far they agree with the narrator's summary of revolutions from 9 minutes 37 seconds to the end.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching History at KS3 and KS4/GCSE in England, Northern Ireland and National 5 and Higher in Scotland.

This topic appears in OCR, AQA, in England and CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA Scotland.

More from the series: Andrew Marr's History of the World

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History KS3 / GCSE: Alexander the Great
History KS3 / GCSE: Russian Serfs
History KS3 / GCSE: Hitler's rise to power
History KS3 / GCSE: American Civil War
History KS3 / GCSE: Development of the contraceptive pill
History KS3 / GCSE: China's Cultural Revolution
History KS3 / GCSE: The Atomic bomb
History KS3 / GCSE: Gandhi