Goals and Objectives
This roughly month-long unit will look at the foundations of
American democracy. We will also study the French Revolution to compare
and contrast the democracy-building experience between our two
- Terms and concepts: democracy, direct democracy, indirect democracy, rule of law
- What are the key functions of government? What things do our governments provide for us today?
- Participate in a two part "Building An Island Government" Simulation: understand difficulties of making a democracy.
- Study the influences of American Democracy:
- Athenian Democracy
- Roman Democracy
- Judeo-Christian Tradition
- British Constitutional History
- The Enlightenment
- Who were the philosophes? What did they believe
- Key beliefs of:
- Describe the major events and stages of the French Revolution.
- Identify the members, privileges, and problems with the Three Estates.
- Compare and contrast elements of the American and French Revolutions.
- Describe the events and attitudes of the Reign of Terror.
- Describe Napoleon’s rise to power, his key accomplishments, and the key mistakes that led to his ultimate defeat.
- Discuss: All in all, did the French Revolution afford people a freer, happier life?
- Compare the lasting legacies of the American and French Revolutions.