Day 2: The U.S. and France
Task 1: Instructions
Have the class bring their homework and stand around the room in a large circle. See the classroom layout.
Students should explain their examples of soft power from the past 6 months based on the worksheet they filled out for homework. Once they have finished their explanation, their classmates will decide whether they deserve to stand in the middle of the circle. ONLY the top 3 examples can be in the middle by the end. This means students can be added OR removed from the center of the circle throughout the process.
When the activity is finished, the Top 3 get to present their examples one more time for the class to take notes.
Task 1: Resources
Day 2 Task 1 Worksheet: Top 3
Task 2: Instructions
Students will be divided into 5 groups. Each group should be assigned one of the documents.
Display these questions on a SmartBoard, screen, or whiteboard at the front of the classroom for students to discuss while in their groups:
What is the historical context for this document?
What does this document tell you about the relationship between the U.S. and France at this time?
How is the author trying to persuade others to be attracted to his preferences? In other words, how is the author attempting to use soft power?
Task 2: Resources
Treaty of Alliance with France, February 6, 1778
Proclamation of Neutrality, April 22, 1793
Letter to William Short, Thomas Jefferson on the French Revolution, January 3, 1793
Memorandum on the French Revolution, Alexander Hamilton, 1794
George Washington's Farewell Address, September 17, 1796
Students should use the document assigned to their group to complete the worksheet.
Complete the sheet in as much detail as possible since the information will be used to create a video project in class tomorrow.
Day 2 Homework Worksheet