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

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…

Does Our Future Look Brighter?

Here is the presentation I used in class – but without the images. If you want those let me know, and I can give them to you on USB or put them on StudyWiz. Each of the videos has the URL at the bottom of the page, so you should be able to find them.

Read through the presentation carefully and pick up on the things that you missed in class – seeing as a lot of you were zoning out! Ask me if you have any questions, and also check the sites saved in the Diigo group for this class as I’ve added a few good things there.

Don’t forget that the essay assignment at the end of the presentation is due by the end of class on Thursday. The reasons I’m getting you to write 500 words are:

  • to get you to individually articulate your understanding or globalisation
  • to get an idea of your essay writing skills, as you are going to have to write a couple this year, as well as in your exam.

(Harley & Kevin – thank you for doing the commentary of the chair activity, but for some reason it didn’t work! Oh well, there is always next time…)

QUESTION – the two wordles in this post were done by Jordan and Luke. Do you think they are an accurate representation of what you understand globalisation to be? What else would you add or take out? Leave a comment on this post with your answer.

Now, for that presentation…

What is Globalisation?

Here are the videos from the presentation:

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Technology and Time

Here is the Keynote that is a combination of the Wordles you made about technology and the photos you took of technology around the school. What is the overwhelming idea of technology that seems to be present here?

Here also is a link to the results of the survey that you did last week:


Now that you have talked about your current understanding of what technology is, it is time to take it a bit further…into the past. You now have to get into groups of 3 and complete a Keynote presentation that will be made into movie and uploaded to the Race Around The World Youtube channel.

In your groups you should have:

  • a mix of girls and boys
  • someone who you have not yet sat next to
  • someone whose name you still aren’t sure of

This assignment is due by the end of class on Friday 13th Feb.

(Look out for a blog post on how to make searching on the internet a bit more specific and easier!)

Here is the assignment: (or you download the Word document by clicking on this link: technology-through-the-ages

Technology Through The Ages

AIM – The aim of this assignment is for you to explore how technology has developed over time. This may challenge or confirm your current understanding of what technology is or isn’t, and this assignment will give you the change to reflect on that. By completing it you should be able to discuss what you understand the meaning of technology to be and give some relevant examples.

In groups of 3 you are required to research the major technological developments of one of the following eras:

?    Cavemen to 800s
?    800s to 1500s
?    1500s to 1800s
?    1800s to 1900s
?    20th century
?    21st century so far
You need to include the following information for 3 significant items created in your era:

•    Describe what the invention is
•    When was it invented
•    Why it is so important (in other words, justify why you feel it is one of the most significant inventions)
•    What it meant for the world as we know it today

•    In your presentation you also need to include a definition of technology. You can use the Wordle you created if you like. After you have completed your research, think about whether or not your understanding of technology has changed. Comment on this somewhere in your presentation.

You must use a minimum of 2 websites for your research on each item. Don’t just rely on the information you find on one site. Make sure you note the website you source material from on the bottom of the keynote slide. Directly after the website write the date accessed, for example:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inventions accessed 8/02/09

Format: Use Keynote to put your presentation together. Your presentation needs to include a voiceover – and all of the voices in your group need to be heard. Then export the presentation from Keynote to Quicktime, creating a movie file.

Submission: Your completed presentation is due by the end of our last class for this week. You need to upload it to the RATW folder on StudyWiz. Your final presentations will be uploaded to TeacherTube and YouTube. Students and teachers from around the world will be invited to comment on your work. You will also be asked to view and comment on your classmates work.

NOTE: Please DO NOT use your surnames on your work. First names only because they are being uploaded to the internet.

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