In this activity, students take on the role of one of the “estates”, “classes”, and groups in the French Revolution – clergy, nobility, bourgeoisie, peasantry, urban workers and the Parisian women (the latter not a class, but they have a role). Each student then teaches the others at the table about the role of their “class” so that each table is composed of the six groups in the grid.
In class, the group fills out a grid to explore the grievances, actions taken, and gains and/or losses incurred by their chosen “class”. Once the group has agreed on a “best answer” they switch tables so that each table has a member from each of the original 6 groups. At the table they teach each other and complete their grids. Finally each group reports back to the class and the instructor can comment and add information if necessary.
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