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Journée Révolution Française

Published: August 23, 2017

Bonjour !

Today’s theme at Lac du Bois was the French Revolution! The sketch at breakfast introduced the inequality between the rich nobility and the Third Estate, or the peasants. Two peasants asked King Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette for bread to eat as they were starving. However, Marie-Antoinette told them to just eat cake or, “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche!” 

The morning passed as usual at the French Language Village during Family Week. The villagers attended pass-times then learned about new areas of Francophone culture during Exploration before lunchtime. Adults had their own pass-times and spent the Exploration period taking level-appropriate French courses.

During the early afternoon, it started to rain here at our site on Turtle Lake, so our afternoon period of stages (projects) were held indoors. Our daily soap opera and chansons (songs) were held in Paris instead of the amphithéâtre (amphitheater) as well. 

At the end of another delicious dinner, Lac du Bois was invited by Robespierre to fight the injustice of the absolute monarchy and to start a Revolution! Villagers first learned the lyrics to the French national anthem, the Marseillaise, before stopping by two stations. One station was dedicated to building small replicas of the guillotine out of cardboard and paper. The other station asked the villagers to create a flag to a new Republic. At the end of this creative period, villagers stormed Rennes, our main building in Bretagne to search for the nobles and the king and queen who had fled the turmoil. After a big game of hide-and-go-seek, all returned to Paris for a short debrief session before bed-time.

To another busy day!


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