Posts Tagged ‘Bastille Day’

Virtual Field Trip to Paris, France!

July 14th, 2006

Recommended Website:
Virtual Tourist: Paris

July 14th is Bastille Day or French Independence Day. At today’s website you can take a Virtual Field Trip to Paris, France where the Bastille (a prison) was located. Bastille Day is also called Fête Nationale in France. It commemorates the Fête de la Fédération in 1790 that was held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on July 14,1789. The Bastille was a prison and a symbol of the oppressive reign of King Louis the 16th. The storming of the prison by the French people in 1789 marked the beginning of political revolution that eventually changed France from a monarchy to a republic. You can see a painting of the Bastille here:

You can learn more about Bastille Day and the French Revolution here:

When you get to today’s featured website you can see pictures of 50 of the most interesting and popular tourist attractions in Paris — all accompanied by text that explains the history behind them. Just use the arrows above the picture to scroll through the presentation that includes the Louvre Museum, the Notre Dame cathedral, the Champs Elysees, the Eiffel Tower, the Sorbonne University, the Place de la Bastille, and much, much more.

Fun, Interactive Language Arts Games! (And Happy Bastille Day!)

July 14th, 2004

Recommended Website:
QUIA – English

At this Quia website you’ll find their Top 100, most popular interactive
games to reinforce English language skills! When you get to the site you are
presented with a menu of 100 games to choose from that reinforce skills such

  • conjugating irregular verbs
  • recognizing homonyms
  • making contractions
  • roots & prefixes
  • Greek & Latin root words
  • homographs (words with more than one meaning)
  • parts of speech
  • comma usage
  • compound words
  • spelling
  • and much more

Click on any topic, and another screen pops up with a game, or a menu of
games — from matching to concentration to word searches to flashcards to
you name it.

A great way to learn or brush up on basic English language skills.

Note: Today, July 14th, is Bastille Day
in France. Thought some if you might
enjoy a website recommendation providing information and a few fun
activities to celebrate French Independence Day.

The French Revolution — Bastille Day, July 14th

July 10th, 2003

July 14th is Bastille Day, the French equivalent to the United States’ 4th of July. Here are some websites with information about Bastille Day and The French Revolution:

Recommended Websites:

Web Holidays: Bastille Day

This site provides a simple explanation of Bastille Day with hotlinks to bio-portraits of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, as well as a picture of the Bastille prison.There are also links to craft activities and recipes to celebrate Bastille Day that younger children will enjoy.

France Diplomatie Website

This website offers a much more thorough explanation of Bastille Day for older students. When you get to the site you can read an introduction and use the menu at the bottom of the page to learn more about:

  • The French National Anthem, The Marseillaise
  • The French Motto, “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternity” or Libery, Equality and Fraternity.
  • The French Flag
  • The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen, inspired by the American Declaration of Independence.
  • and more including a Photo Gallery.