Classical Conversations Cycle 2 Week 11


French RevolutionWhat were the major events of the French Revolution?

After King Louis XVI failed to address the grievances (complaints / hardships) of the French Peasantry (Commoners) in 1789, the commoners fought back against his troops in June in Paris and Versailles. On July 14, 1789 (their independence day, still celebrated today), the commoners captured Bastille and began writing a new constitution. The King delayed signing their constitution and tried to escape from being under house arrest only to be caught and brought back and tried as a traitor. The King was beheaded in January 1793. The revolutionaries, which were led by Georges-Jacques Danton and Maximilien Robespierre, declared France to be a republic and established a parliamentary government. The Revolution ended in 1799 when Napoleon helped overthrow the revolutionary government.


Reign of TerrorWhat happened during the Reign of Terror?

The Reign of Terror lasted from September 1793 to approximately June 1794. During this period, anyone who opposed the ideals of the revolution was executed on the guillotine. More than 20,000 people were executed, mostly under false accusations. The Reign of Terror ended when Robespierre and other revolution leaders were executed for the atrocities (horrible acts) they had committed.


BastilleWhat was the Bastille?

The Bastille was a fortress used as a prison and armory. It was where former aristocrats were held to await execution.



guillotineWhat is a guillotine?

Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, who was a Dr. in Paris, for the purpose of being a more humane way to execute humans, created the guillotine. The guillotine contained a large blade that was operated by a pulley and fell vertically on a person’s neck, cutting it off.


Declaration of the Rights of ManWhat did the “Declaration of the Rights of Man” say?

The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizens, created in 1789, was to be the new constitution of France after the Revolution. It mirrored many of the same human right freedoms as America’s Declaration of Independence. These rights included: freedom of religion, innocent until proven guilty, and freedom of speech. The idea of this government was to be a popular government rather than an elite government.


Other Resources: World History Homework p.84-85, Story of the World Vol. 3 Ch. 25 pp.238-246, Mystery of History V.4 L. 12


Bodies in out Solar System



Asteroids – Similar to planets but smaller. Most are found in the asteroid belt (large grouping of asteroids) that orbits between Mars and Jupiter.


Meteor 1



Meteors – Meteoroid that enters the Earth’s atmosphere




Meteoroids – Made of particles of dust and/or debris





Meteorites – Meteor that do not burn up completely (due to the speed of entering the Earth’s atmosphere) or are too large to burn up completely and land on the Earth’s surface


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Comets – Comets are made up of frozen ice and dust. When the sun melts the comet it will form a coma (cloud) around the core of the sun. A comets tail is also usually very visible as the sun melts the comet; a stream of dust and gas will follow it.


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Other Resources: Everything You Need to Know About Science Homework p.92; Apologia Astronomy; Draw moon phases each night for 6 weeks


Cubes to 10x10x10

Click here to for skip counting cubes.


Indefinite Pronouns (starts at 3 minutes and 31 seconds)



1st Conjugation Endings (starts at 4 minute 05 seconds) Future Perfect Tense




Eastern Europe

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Timeline (video starts at 4 minute and 49 seconds)


Fine Arts

Tin Whistle & Music Theory

We’re not doing the tin whistle this year, so I have to turn this part of my post over to a mom who is doing it, and doing it well! I’m so thankful for the amazing resources and wisdom from Half a Hundred Acre Wood. She has an entire post dedicated to the tin whistle for weeks 7-12 and with tons of great resources. Click here to be taken there! 🙂


Click here for a great correlating booklist  created by The list is broken down for each CC subject.

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