SUGGESTED INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES
• Ask students to research and illustrate key factors (e.g., economic, social, political, ideological) that contributed to revolutions of the period 1500 to 1815.
• Display the illustrations in a Gallery Walk. (rubric) Have students answer questions about significant factors involved in each revolution, factors common to all, democratic concepts that emerged, and key players in the revolutionary and counter-revolutionary forces (considering class, gender, and age).
SUGGESTED ASSESSMENT STRATEGIES
• When students research and illustrate key factors that contributed to the revolutions, look for evidence that they have considered:
- large debts or need for money (e.g., to pay for wars)
- inequity of burdens and privileges
- the appeal of principles such as liberty and fairness
- entrenched and rigid status-quo rulers
- organized groups that challenge the status quo
- reactionary groups willing to maintain the status quo
Civil War (interactive lesson)
The seventeenth century was an extraordinary time for England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Find out more about the civil wars and the people who lived through them - in their own words.
Civil War 1625-1649 (BBC interactive)
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity; exploring the French Revolution
The American War of Independence: The Rebels and the Redcoats (British perspective)