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Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Advanced Placement Modern European History

- Advanced Placement European History -
Class Activities

Visual Interpretations of History

Each student will receive one picture pertaining to the French Revolution. Pictures will contain a caption, as well as a month and year.

Tennis court Oath
The Tennis Court Oath - June 20, 1789. Members of the Third Estate, meeting in a building that housed the royal tennis courts, swear to remain united until they are allowed to draft a new constitution.

Analyze your picture:

Look for lettering, do words have common themes?

Are there numbers? If so their significance.

Observe clothing, what does the clothes say about the person? i.e. Sansculots or culots?

Search for symbolism, a dog may symbolize loyalty; a bunny fertility, etc.

Does this picture capture an exact moment?

What purpose does this picture serve?

Is the painting retelling an event or detailing an underling theme?

Who is the intended audience for the work?

Does the artist have an agenda? If so what is it?

Can you find Waldo?

The key is to observe and ask yourself questions! After all, what is the meaning of life?

Storming the Bastille
Storming of the Bastille - July 14, 1789.
Soldiers defend themselves by firing on the mobs storming the Bastille.


Type a two-page essay. Do NOT go over two pages. Write this paper in the following sequence:

1. The events which led up to the moment of the picture.

2. Your analysis of the picture.

3. The result of this event, action, or message.

Related Info at Mr. Sedivy's Site:
The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era

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- AP Modern European History in Depth -

Lecture Notes and Further Reading
| Methods and Rules for a Prince: How Should a Prince Rule? |
| Borg vs Hick: Theories on Jesus and Christianity |
| Kant's Epistemological Model and Religious Pluralism |

Liberating Dachau
| World War II - Dachau Concentration Camp Complex |
| Unanswered Questions: The Railroad Boxcars |
| I Company Recollections and Quotes |
| Liberating Dachau: The 42nd Division at the Jourhaus |
Dachau, Germany
| Dachau: WWII Concentration Camp Memorial | 2 | 3 |

Related Information
| Poems and Prose From the 8th - 15th Centuries | 1 | 2 |
| Marseillaise, the National Anthem of France:
A Modern-day Controversy
| Sacré Phew! |
| French Culture: Historical Champagne and Wine Trivia |

Famous Modern European History Quotes
| Index of Quotes by Speaker / Historical Period |
| Famous Quotes from the Dark and Middle Ages |
| Relevant Quotes from the Reformation and Renaissance |
| Quotes from England: 15th, 16th and 17th Centuries |
| Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution Quotes | Voltaire |
| Quotes from the French Revolution and Napoleon Era |
| Modern European History Quotes from the 1800s |
| Quotes from Europe and Asia - 1900s | Winston Churchill |
| American Quotes from the Early 1900s and World War I |
| US 20th-Century and World War II Quotes |

AP Class Activities
| Play the Role of Philip II |
| Visual Interpretations - French Revolution Art |
| "Ism" Maps of Europe and Asia |
| Industrial Revolution: England's Advantage |
| Marx and Tocqueville | America's Entry Into World War I |
Trials - Simulations
| Trial of Martin Luther | Trial of Adolf Hitler |

Helpful Information for Students
| AP Essay Writing Skills |
| Student-Developed Class Presentation Topics |

Debate Information
| Guide: Individual Debate Position | Debate Self Evaluation |
| Existence of God | Catherine the Great or Frederick the Great |
| Locke - Hobbes | Voltaire or Rousseau |

Additonal Course Info / AP Class Policy
| AP European History Syllabus: Quarter 1 | Quarter 2 | Quarter 3 |
| Writing Assignments, Exams, Critical Book Reviews, More |
| AP Booklist and Fees |



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| Colorado History | American Government | Advanced Placement Modern European History | Rise of Nation State England | World History |
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