Students have read about Napoleonís quest for a worldwide empire. In this exercise, students will learn more about Napoleonís life and legacy. They will follow him from his birth on August 15, 1769, in Corsica to his downfall and exile to the island of Elba.
Students will use information from the PBS Web site feature ďNapoleon: The Man and the MythĒ to learn about the Napoleonic era. Students will read essays about Napoleonís life and policies. Students will then answer four questions and apply this information by writing a journal entry about life as a soldier under Napoleonís command.
- Students will be able to identify the major events of Napoleonís life.
- Students will be able to describe Napoleonís political legacy.
- Students will be able to apply information from the Web site to write a letter detailing life in Napoleonís army.
Student Web Activity Answers
- Napoleon never forgave his father for betraying his Corsican heritage.
- Napoleon was confined to Elba, an island only ten miles long and six miles wide, for the remainder of his life.
- By November 1799, Napoleon had established a new government, rewritten the constitution, and made himself head of state under the title First Consul. He was the most powerful man in France.
- Considered to be his greatest legacy, Napoleonís Civil Code codified the ideals embodied in the French Revolution. It assured the spread of these ideals long after the end of his rule.
- Studentsí letters will vary.
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