The resources offered here are designed to help you use the PBS "Napoleon" video series and companion Web site in secondary social studies, civics, religion, and language arts classes. "Napoleon" may be taped off-air and used for up to a year following broadcast, or you may choose to purchase it through Shop PBS for Teachers. The lesson plans may also be adapted for use as stand-alone resources.
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Lesson OneNapoleon Becomes a Man of Destiny
Examine the historical and personal factors which contributed to Napoleon's success, and extend the analysis by comparing Napoleon's rise to fame with that of a 20th century leader.
Lesson TwoNapoleon: Hero Or Tyrant?
Can a public figure be a hero AND a tyrant? Students debate this question by researching Napoleon's life and writing about his career from a variety of perspectives in a circa-1815 "newspaper."
Lesson ThreeThe Laws Live On
Compare Napoleon's civil code to the U.S. Constitution, and explore how guiding documents evolve over time.
Lesson FourChurch and State
Explore how Napoleon used the church in his rise to power, and analyze the separation of church and state in various historical and contemporary settings.
About the Authors:
Lisa Prososki (Lessons Three and Four)
taught English, reading, social studies, and technology courses
throughout her twelve years as a school teacher with North Kansas City Schools
in Kansas City, Missouri. She is currently operating a consulting business
from her home while being a full time mother to her 1 year old son.
Joan Brodsky Schur (Lessons One and Two) teaches Social Studies and English at the Village
Community School in New York City. She is the co-author of In A New Land: An
Anthology of Immigrant Literature and a frequent contributor to Social
Education. Other online lessons by Joan can be found at the National
Archives Web Site.