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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.
Young historians will be excited to complete this project that links their interests in social media with the age of absolutism in history! After discussing the 10 characteristics of an absolute ruler, class members begin by choosing from a list of monarchs to research and determine whether their choice makes the cut. They then compose a "Facebook" page of a profile for their chosen ruler, including the monarch's basic information, photos, and an "Are you an absolute monarch?" quiz section.
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 absolute monarchs study guide worksheet, students respond to 11 short answer questions. The questions correlate to assigned readings in a textbook.
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.
Fourth graders, in groups, study European absolute monarchs from the 1400's to the 1700's.
Young scholars 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.
For 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.
For this online interactive history quiz worksheet, learners respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the Enlightenment. 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.
In this Spanish world history learning exercise, students explore the causes and effects of 6 events as they complete a graphic organizer pertaining to the Spanish Empire. Students identify Philip II as an example of an absolute monarch.
Ninth graders explore the various systems of government.  In this government lesson, 9th graders analyze how power is acquired and used in each type of government.  Students research and create a presentation on a type of government and present it to the class.  Students compare and contrast each type of government after they are all presented.
In this Nazi dictatorship worksheet, students read a 7-page selection about German history and then respond to 4 multiple choice questions about Nazi rule.
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...
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.
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.
What made Alexander the Great so great? John Green reviews three possible definitions of the term great that we ascribe to historical figures, while offering a fairly comprehensive overview of the accomplishments and legacy of Alexander of Macedon.
Incorporating the arts into regular classroom practices isn't an easy task. Learners will research background information regarding Russian culture, history, and conflict then see how those things have applied to the rigors of Russian Ballet. They then research Rudolf Nureyev, his performance, and life. They then discuss choreographing a full length ballet in the classroom.

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