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Who were the absolute monarchs of Europe and what effect did they have on their countries? Young historians begin by naming qualities they believe are important for a monarch to possess. They then take notes on four key factors leading to domination of absolute monarchs of Europe, complete a map activity detailing five major European powers that emerged from the Age of Exploration, and analyze a primary source document on the concept of divine right.
Rather than just memorizing and regurgitating a definition, your young historians will determine on their own what critical attributes the concept of absolutism entails! This excellent lesson plan involves analysis of a period portrait of King Louis XIV of France, and then group work to review, analyze, and classify several different examples of absolute monarchs.
Fifth graders listen to a lecture that traces the political geography of Europe from 814 through 1997. They incorporate these themes into a research project on Western Europe.
Ninth graders examine the reigns of the absolute monarchs and the monetary crisis of the French government.
In this French Revolution case study worksheet, students read a brief overview pertaining to the time period in French history and then respond to two short answer questions.
Put your learners into groups to compare the differences and similarities in Absolute Monarchy and Democracy. This useful handout includes three rows: one for the seven functions of a Monarchy, and two for political comparison. An answer sheet is provided.
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the Enlightenment. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
In this absolute monarchs study guide worksheet, students respond to 11 short answer questions. The questions correlate to assigned readings in a textbook.
Students use a teacher-made museum guide with questions that allow them to analyze and compare the patron art of seventeenth-century France with portraits of later periods at the Joslyn Art Museum. Students also read The Little Prince and re-enact scenes.
Ninth graders use literature to understand the Renaissance and Reformation. In this European history lesson, 9th graders read Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame and compare its elements to the "95 Theses" and "Justification of Faith" that Martin Luther wrote about the Roman Catholic Church. Students identify current events that feature corruption and power and then write persuasive pieces about misuse of power.
In this French history worksheet, students investigate King Louis XVI of France and his actions during the French Revolution through careful reading of the 2 pages of text and answering 8 short answer questions pertaining to him.
Students analyze the Nepalese King's response to pro-democracy demonstrations, and examine existing monarchies around the world. They conduct research, read an article, and present information on various modern-day monarchies.
Students review the most recent vocabulary list of French words. Using literature by Victor Hugo and Guy de Maupassant, they discover the history and culture of France. Using a map and the text, they locate the cities and regions of the country to end the lesson.
Fourth graders, in groups, study European absolute monarchs from the 1400's to the 1700's.
Who's who in World History? Help your historians keep track of major figures with this World History People Review, where students match 96 world figures to the appropriate descriptions. The matching questions are grouped by historical era or subject. This could be a final class exam, or could be filled out throughout the year as a reference guide.
History comes alive in this engaging video, which artfully sets up the first steps of the French Revolution. Students will relate to the idea of nobility "living it up" while 98% of the French citizens went without wealth or rights. The drama of the French Revolution is truly reflected in the narrator's passion and annotations of paintings and maps. Students will beg you to teach them what happens next to Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, and the dissatisfied French population...
Learners explore the impact of great leaders on a country.  In this World History lesson, students research and discuss the leaders that shaped modern Europe.
What's an Enlightened Despot? Or is it who? Explore The Enlightenment with your scholars, using this short-answer worksheet as a reading assessment or research guide. Three prompts have students consider how Enlightenment philosophies threatened absolute monarchies, explain the idea of natural rights, and describe enlightened despots. Because no informational text is provided consider preceding with notes or pairing with a reading. Not very engaging, but usable.
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the French Revolution. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
In this absolute monarchs and constitutional monarchs study guide worksheet, students read a brief overview pertaining to the topic and then respond to a reflection question.

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