A Revolutionary Affair

As the Divine Director of the Logie-winning, extremely popular current affairs show ‘Revolutionary Affairs’ I have come to your class seeking people to join my team of reporters. By now you will each have been given an event that contributed to the French Revolution. It is now up to you to prove to me and my network that you can go and grab a damn good story.

According to the event you have been given, answer this question:

“How did [insert event] contribute to the downfall of the Old Regime in France?”

Provide 3 sources to support your answer, with at least one of them being visual, and at least one other also being a primary source.

Present your findings as a video news report – as though it is a current event that is happening now, or has just happened. As the Divine Director I will be the news person at the desk in the studio who crosses to each of you live.

Make sure you find out –

* what the event was
* who was involved
* when it happened
* what event/s led to it happening
* what other events is it related to?
* what effect did this event have on the downfall of the Old Regime?

You may present your piece in the style of:

* ABC News
* A Current Affair/Today Tonight
* 60 Minutes
* or whatever else takes your fancy.

You each have a different event to report on, but when it gets to the video making part you will need to work in pairs. That means that if you need to interview someone about your event, then you need to write a script for them as they won’t have studied your event. Make sure you help each other to get your reports done. As many of you can appear in as many reports as needed, just make sure that you have covered the event to which you have been assigned.

This task will help you prepare for Outcome 1 which states that you should be able to analyse and evaluate the role of ideas, leaders, movements and events in the development of the revolution.

You should spend Tuesday and Thursday’s class researching and preparing for your video, and Friday’s class actually filming your news report. We want to watch them on Tuesday. An audience will be invited.

Image is: Say Cheez

Revolutionary Paragraphs

Hello Revolutionaries! Sorry I’m not there for class today. Fortunately I’ve been able to set you a rigorous task so you don’t get bored…..:-) I can jut hear you jumping up and down with excitement!

Oh, but before I go on – congrats on your little Enlightenment class on Friday. You all did very well and I got some really great feedback from the teachers about how much they enjoyed having that conversation with you. Excellent!

Ok, now to this week’s work – on StudyWiz there are 4 documents – Paragraph Task 1, 2, 3, 4. You will need to get hold of these sheets – whether it be having an electronic copy or by printing them out. You then need to fill in each paragraph. (If you keep them on you computer you won’t be able to edit them as they are pdf. If you don’t want to print them, just retype the question in word and write it up there). 100-150 words each will be enough. to get the answers you will need to go back over your notes as well as do a bit further research. Thankfully I have written up a couple of posts that will help you do internet based research –

Better Googling and

Searching WITHOUT Google

Read through these posts, and watch the videos about using Google more effectively to get better results and then try out some of the tricks by searching for the information you need to write your paragraphs. (Make sure they are all in your own words and you have used at least three references for each one!) Record what the references are for each paragraph as well as HOW you found the reference. For example, make a note of the exact search term you put in to Google, or what search term you put in to one of the other search engines listed on the Searching WITHOUT Google post.

Also, don’t forget the websites that are already bookmarked in the Diigo group, as well as the great links that are on the vcehistory.info website. You have today’s class and Thursday’s class to finish the 8 paragraphs. Take the time to do them well as they will make EXCELLENT revision notes later on, as well as great places to go back to to grab sentences for exam essays. Write up your paragraphs for yourself, but also add them to your ning page. Create a new blog post for each new paragraph. That way we can see what everyone has written. You can even write them in character if you like, which might make them a bit more interesting.

As you are going along with your research, start drawing up lists of events and people that you will be able to plot on to a mind map at the end of the week.

Work well and see you on Thursday!

P.S If you can’t get to StudyWiz I have emailed the documents to Peter and he should be able to email them to one of you to print off or something like that.

Image is Be Seeing You

Searching WITHOUT Google

Audio version of this post:searchingwithoutgoogle

What do you mean, search WITHOUT Google? As if! Well, yes, I’m afraid it is true. You don’t have to use Google and there are some other very useful ways and places to find information.

Visual Search Engines:

These sites are great for looking at searching completely differently and will really suit those of you who are visual learners. The picture here is a shot of what SearchCube does.




News Search:


Social Searching:

These sites search content that is member collected. The way to search Delicious and Diigo is by searching tags. Then you can see how many people have used that tag and click on to someone’s bookmark list which might contain lots of other sites that are helpful for you. Using tags to search in these sites is a great way to find lots of linked information.





Finding Information: Search Engines – A HUGE list of search engines and what you would use them for, for example they are organised in sections such as:

“I want to search by date”

“I want visual representations for my searches”

and then lists several places next to each section that will help you with your particular need for the search.

The thing is with these sites, particularly the first few I listed, they might look a bit odd when you first visit them, but just look for the ‘About’ page and have a read on how to use them. None of them are particularly complicated and will provide you with some great new ways of searching. It is worth spending the time checking them out, and remember, you have to show that you’ve used THREE different ones in your research this week. Happy searching!

Oh, and I should be careful about saying seraching WITHOUT Google, at least one of the visual search engines is actually powered by Google, and some of the others on the massive list will be too. Just keep that in mind.

Better Googling

Audio version of this post: bettergoogling

Ok, so you’ve been set a question or research topic that you need to find the answer to. Easy. Just Google it, right? Just chuck that search term into the search bar on Google and hit search. Voila! No worries. Well, not quite. When you do that you will often end up with hundreds of thousands of sites – most of which are useless, and you are still struggling to find the information you need. You can put much more defined terms in to Google, and you will get much more useful search results. Here are some pointers:

1. Make sure you are using the best key words you can think of. If you want to know what caused the global financial crisis, don’t just search ‘global financial crisis.’ Make sure you also include the word ’causes’ which will then narrow your search results to those that mention the cause of the crisis.

2. There are all sorts of things you can add to your Google search terms. Things like +, -, OR and ” ” can help you get better results.You can also make Google search just within a certain site for you, or just for a certain file type (like a pdf). You can also search websites that are similar. The following four videos take you through some great Google search techniques. Each one goes for just under 10 minutes. Rather than watch them all at once, after you watch each one, go and use at least one of the search tips talked about in the video to see how it works for you. Also, if you don’t like these videos, there are lots more on YouTube about how to search in Google that you can find by searching for ‘Google search’ or something similar to that. The reason these videos are so good is because they focus on things that are really handy for doing research, which is what we are all about at the moment.

If you would prefer to read articles about this stuff rather than watch videos, you can read these ones:

12 Quick Tips To Search Google Like An Expert

Top 10 Obscure Google Tricks

Google Search Tips (Ultimate Google Guide)

Before watching the next video, test out one of the tips you have just learned!

Before watching the next video, test out one of the tips you have just learned!

Before watching the next video, test out one of the tips you have just learned!

Ok, so it’s one thing to have read about all these tips, or to have watched the videos, now it’s up to you to think carefully about what you want to research, and then try out some of these really helpful ways of getting better search results.

Each of my classes has something specific they have to research this week. Click on your subject link below to find out what yours is if you don’t know already:

Race Around The World

Twentieth Century History

Revolutions History

International Studies

Also, don’t forget to check the blog tomorrow for the post called ‘ Searching Without Google’

Corresponding with Royalty

Hello Revolutionaries! I do understand that there are many of you who are very angry with the way things are right now. Many of you are hungry, and many of you are angry. But, I beg of you, don’t do anything rash just yet! I need to know that you fully understand your situation, that you aren’t going to rush into something you’ll regret later. If your anger is justified, then I will indeed let you proceed with whatever activity it is that you need to complete in order to rectify the situation. In conversation with Louis this morning, I was able to convince him to receive your letters (or podcasts – Louis just bought an iPod this past week and is very keen to use it) to which he will respond. In your correspondence, please indicate to him very clearly why you are not in support of his power and authority and how this has indeed had an adverse impact on your life. Just to ensure that you justify yourselves properly and to for the King to bestow upon your work the attention it deserves, please make mention of:

  • his authority to rule by Divine Right
  • the absolute monarchy
  • his control of the parlements
  • the Three Estates and where exactly you fit into that structure
  • taxation
  • the public perception of the King

Please find some images to support your case. Louis does like a good picture and the inclusion of a few well placed cartoons or paintings that illustrate your points will be most pleasing to him.

Fear not, I shall be requiring that the King respond to you with a great degree of thoroughness too. Louis XVI, with the aid of his wife, Marie Antoinette and one of her close friends and confidants, will have to make sure he addresses similar points. He will have to justify his rule to you with mention of:

  • his right to rule
  • what he has done to aid the perception of himself in public
  • the Three Estates, his position in relation to it, and why it is a good way for French society to be structured
  • absolutism, a bit about its history, and why it should be maintained
  • the parlements and his relationship with them
  • anything else he thinks will support his case

Louis XVI is also encouraged to illustrate his correspondence with carefully chosen poignant images. A picture is worth a thousand words you know. Well, a properly chosen one is anyway.

Also, for all of you, there are a few resources in the Diigo group that I have recently bookmarked that will be very handy. Don’t forget that I have got a few good textbooks too that have some short sharp and shiny explanations that might just be what you need to help you along.

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Resources of note:

The Divine Right of Kings

The Age of Absolutism

The French Revolution – HistoryWiz

Guillotine – Execution by Decapitation (Video) (maybe not necessarily directly relevant, but thought you might be interested)

Yes, that is the end of the list! These are only starting points…