(This lesson will take approximately 1 class period)
Step 1: Introduction
Play the Beatles’ song Revolution. Have a copy of the lyrics displayed on the overhead projector. (Teacher Resource 3.2.1) Ask students for their reactions to the song. Do they think the Beatles are for/against revolution, or can they tell from the lyrics?
Pass out copies of Brinton’s Model of Revolutions (Student Handout 3.2.1) and discuss and analyze how the French Revolution fits into this model. Break students into groups of 3 or 4 and have them write down their responses to the questions at the bottom of the handout for credit. Their groups should try to give an example for each condition Brinton suggests should be present, as well as examples for the course that the revolution took. They can use their notes and/or textbook to complete this assignment.