Lesson ideas and activities to introduce learners to the history behind the French national holiday
Celebrated each year on 14 July, Bastille Day, known more formally as la Fête Nationale, commemorates the storming of the Bastille. This was one of the most important events in the French Revolution and ultimately led to the execution of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
As such, we’ve hand-picked a selection of our favourite Bastille Day-inspired resources to help you to examine its significance with your pupils.
Take younger learners on a step-by-step journey to understanding the causes of the French Revolution with this well-designed presentation, accompanied by short descriptions of each image in French. For older pupils, try this interesting introductory lesson, which comes with presentations in both French and English as well as a comprehension worksheet to consolidate learning.
Alternatively, get into the spirit of the festival and find out how France marks Bastille Day with this vibrant lesson pack, containing clear learning objectives, vocabulary and differentiated activities.
Ensure that key vocabulary is secure by encouraging able students to translate Bastille Day-themed words into French before finding them this tricky wordsearch. Younger pupils may benefit from this simpler version.
Just for fun, this interactive quiz contains 40 questions covering key facts and figures from the Revolution.