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 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

Which Revolutionary Character Are You?

Righto ladies and gentlemen, let’s have a revolution. Yes, you heard right. We’ll have a revolution right in class. Why not?!

What you each need to do is decide who you will be in our version of the French Revolution. You then need to make sure that your profile on the ning network represents who you are. But, you can’t just find any old name and pick one – you have to know who you are choosing and why.

Here are some questions for you to consider:

  • Which characters or groups are there that need to be represented within our class? Obviously we can only have one King, but we can have several peasants. The main groups are: The Royal Family, the Clergy, the Nobilty, the Bourgeoise, and the Peasants – as a class justify your choices
  • Use a mix of primary and secondary resources to find out more about who was who in the French Revolution. There are some great sites bookmarked in our Diigo group.
  • What role did various people play?

You will notice when you go to the ning that I too have chosen a role – that of the Divine Director, seeing as I’ll be the one asking you the key questions, inciting the anger, and helping to create and orchestrate the events that you will have to, well, survive. And not all of you will…some of you will even lose your heads….mwaaahaaaaahhaaaaaa!

Remember you lot – you need to work together as a class and discuss what you are doing, who you are choosing and why etc. There wasn’t a lot of class discussion happening yesterday (sorry this blog post is a bit late!) and not a lot of listening when others were speaking. Careful of that!

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What is a Revolution Not?

The aim of today’s lesson is to come up with answers to the following questions:

  • What is a revolution?
  • Why do revolutions happen?
  • What are the characteristics of a revolution?
  • What is a revolution not?

Here are the tasks you need to complete:

1. Look at and discuss the Wordles you made yesterday. Looking at them, what are the most important words when talking about revolutions? How does this help you understanding of what a revolution is?

2. In pairs, take a copy of each of the three readings that have been prepared – Morcombe/Fielding, Halliday & Adcock. Decide between the two of you how you will go about reading the bulk of each text – which sections will you read? How will you summarise them for your partner?

3. Start working on the class wiki which can be found at (yes you do need to become a member of it). Based on the introduction by Michael Adcock, start organising the wiki into sections (as in add pages) with headings that you think are going to be relevant over the course of the semester. This wiki will become a revision notes site and if we build it as we go, then that will take the pain out of creating long notes at the end. Also, the front page of the wiki is going to be used for all of you to write the story of the French Revolution. One of you in the class needs to write an introduction paragraph or two outlining what a revolution is. Be creative though, we don’t want this ‘wiki story’ to read like a good old history book!

You all need to contribute to this wiki. If someone has created a page and you think the title of the page should be changed, then go ahead and change it – be nice about it though, and maybe discuss it with the person who created it in the first place. The idea of wikis is that it is a collaborative space that no one person owns and that several people use together to build a resource.

4. Create a Comic Life entitled ‘A Revolution Is Not…’ and make sure it finishes the following sentences:

  • A revolution is…
  • Revolutions happen because…
  • A revolution is not…
  • If I started a revolution…

You could present it as a conversation between two people – one of which is asking about what history is or what your subject is about. You could make a propaganda poster recruiting people to join you in your revolution.

This is due at the start of our next lesson.

A handy little site that you might like to read is: How To Start A Revolution

Photo is Ollie LOL cat’ by mlcastle