The Revolutionaries

The Revolutionaries

Vignette Share


  • Join a partner as directed and share your vignette.

Submit your vignette to your teacher.

The Wayfarer

Work Time

Join a partner as directed and do the following.

  • With your partner, find the five most important lines or phrases that are used to describe the “wayfarer” who stops and meets the Mender of Roads.
  • Highlight and annotate those in the text.

The Wayfarer Discussion

Work Time

Rejoin the whole class and share the lines or phrases that you and your partner have chosen.

  • Discuss the image that Dickens is giving to this traveler.
  • Decide on five or six adjectives that you would use to characterize him.
  • What group in the previous chapters might you use these adjectives to describe?
  • What significance do you see in that similarity?

Texting or Tweeting Darnay

Work Time

During the days of the French Revolution, there were no telephones, cell phones, or computers. In order to get word to Darnay, Gabelle had to write a long letter.

Today, Gabelle would want to send word as quickly as possible. He would send a text or a Tweet. With that in mind, do the following.

  • Imagine that Gabelle can tweet or text his message to Darnay. Review carefully what Gabelle needs to say.
  • In 140 characters maximum, write out Gabelle’s message.
  • Share your message with your partner.
  • From your two versions, create a collaborative version of Gabelle’s message.

Open Notebook

When it is your turn, share your message with the whole class.

Darnay's Journey

Work Time

Discuss with your classmates the following question.

  • Why does Darnay go to France?
  • Use support from the text to explain his decision.

Darnay's Departure Quick Write


In leaving, Darnay does not explain anything to Lucie. He just leaves. In a Quick Write, address the following.

  • Do you find Darnay’s way of leaving heroic?
  • Why or why not?

Open Notebook

Book III, Chapters 1 and 2


Read Book III, Chapters 1 and 2 of A Tale of Two Cities and annotate for key ideas, personal reactions, questions, and vocabulary.