Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Haitian Revolution, and supports the standard of examining the evidence related to the impacts of the French Revolution on resistance and revolutionary movements. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students: Why do you think people might want to start a revolution? 

Prompt students to consider revolutions they may have learned about, like the American Revolution or the French Revolution. 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

Step 3: ENGAGE

Students express what they learned about the Haitian Revolution while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce an interview with Toussaint Louverture about his various roles in the Haitian Revolution. (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map comparing and contrasting the French, American, and Haitian Revolutions. (Essential  Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas)
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum with artifacts representing different historical figures’ contributions to the Haitian Revolution. (Essential Literacy Skill:Make logical inferences from explicit details)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students complete a Graphic Organizer, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Haitian Revolution Quiz.  

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of the Age of Revolution with these topics: French Revolution and American Revolution

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