Reign of Terror Timeline

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The French Revolution - Reign of Terror Timeline

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The Reign of Terror is a well-known component of the French Revolution, mostly due to the excessive use of the guillotine to preserve the Revolution. This activity asks students to look beyond the “chopping block” to discover the political motivations of the man behind the Terror: Maximilien Robespierre.

Students will create a timeline of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution. They should be sure to include the following information and events in their timeline:

  • The motivations for the use of terror to preserve the Revolution
  • Methods Robespierre used to consolidate his power
  • When popular support turned against Robespierre

For an alternative to the timeline layout, have students create a timeline poster to incorporate into a presentation or gallery walk. You can add more than one template to this assignment to give students lots of options and adjust the instructions accordingly.


Reign of Terror Timeline Events

  • September 5,1793 - Reign of Terror Begins
  • October 16, 1793 - Death of a Queen
  • October 31, 1793 - Execution of Girondins
  • December 25, 1793 - Robespierre Justifies Authority
  • June 8, 1794 - Festival of the Supreme Being
  • June 10, 1794 - New Legislation for Counterrevolutionaries
  • June 28, 1794 - Reign of Terror Ends

Extended Activity

Students can create other “rise and fall” timelines for figures including Napoleon, Louis XVI, or Marat. In addition, students can identify and analyze the times Robespierre overstepped his authority, and sowed the seeds for his demise.


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Create a timeline of the Reign of Terror in France.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify important events, policies, and actions taken during the Reign of Terror.
  3. Describe the events, policies, and actions in the description box.
  4. Create an illustration using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.
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