French Revolution Newscast





News of a Changing Nation

Your 15 minutes (or so) of fame have arrived!

In groups of five or six, you will create an original newscast based on the events of the French Revolution.

These newscasts will be videotaped and presented to the class. You will need to divide responsibilities within your team. There should be appropriate introductions, sets, logos, and whatever else is necessary for your production. Each of the newscasts will include the following:

1. News segments- in which the group will present the topics to cover as news items, with visuals as necessary. Watch your local nightly news for examples.

2. Personal Interview segment- where reporters go on location to interview the newsmakers themselves, these should be the people most important to the times. Example: Louis XVI the night before his execution.

3. Society Page segment-This should be a review of the arts, plays, literature, and music of the times. This could be an 'Ebert and Roeper' style review.

4. Editorial segment-This should be a commentary upon the times, what has happened, what will happen, what are the important questions to be dealt with. This could include political cartoons and commentary.

Where to find information:

-Your textbook, notes provided in class, SHS or public library, internet

Topics to cover

You must include news items/features on the following:

- the causes of the French Revolution

- the Storming of the Bastille OR the Tennis Court Oath

- King Louis XVI and his family

- The Reign of Terror and the Jacobins

- the plight of the Third Estate

- the women's march to Versailles OR the Declaration of the Rights of Man

-predictions as to what will happen once Napoleon takes over France (at this point, it is likely he will do so)

- any other events of the French Revolution

Other Requirements

Your newscast must have an original name.  Each newscast must be between 15-30 minutes. You may include a short sports report or weather forecast predicting what will be. If you do these they must be historically accurate. You may include a ‘strange facts’ or “Did you know?” segment but again it must be historically accurate.

This assignment has been adapted from the following website: