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The Enlightenment, Philosophers, and Your Government
After learning about the Enlightenment philosophers, your young historians will take part in a fantastic project where they will determine and develop their idea of an ideal government through a written portfolio. The project asks learners to provide a manifesto on their political philosophy, description of systems that operate their ideal governments, reflective piece, and drawing symbolizing the government they create.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 34 Views 21 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Enlightenment Philosophers (Peer to Peer Teaching)
One of the best strategies for learning is to teach what you know to others. Your young historians will be divided into groups and assigned an Enlightenment philosopher that they will then research and present to their classmates.
7th - 11th Social Studies & History 50 Views 29 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Why Do Governments Exist? Locke, Hobbes, Montesquieu, and Rousseau
Here is a great secondary source reading that includes the primary ideas and philosophies of the famed Enlightenment philosophers: Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Charles Montesquieu, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. In additional to discussing major events in each of these philosophers' lives, the handout summarizes their primary arguments regarding the role of government and the rights of individuals.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 140 Views 134 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Tea, Taxes, and the American Revolution
Rather than simply summarizing the events that led to the American Revolution, have your learners listen as John Green offers some interesting points to be used as discussion or writing prompts in your review of the war. Green details early American colonies as self-governing entities, brings to light some hypocrisies of the War for Independence, and concludes by discussing the influence of the Enlightenment.
11 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History 34 Views 14 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson 11: Enlightenment: An Application of Reform to Political Theories
Ninth graders determine what the Enlightenment had to do with the American Revolution. In this historical perspectives lesson, 9th graders examine the ideals of Enlightenment philosophers as they view a PowerPoint presentation. Students discuss how the philosophy spilled over into the American Revolution Movement.
9th Social Studies & History 14 Views 98 Downloads
The Enlightenment: Matching #3
Who were some of the great thinkers, composers, and authors of the Enlightenment? Here are ten matching questions, where learners link the person to the work created during the time of the Enlightenment. Smith, Linnaeus, Diderot, Rousseau, and Voltaire are only a few of the individuals focused on in this worksheet.
7th - 8th Social Studies & History 4 Views 24 Downloads
Writing Exercises: The Enlightenment in Europe I
Three great writing prompts are yours for the taking. Hand this out and learners construct answers to questions related to the Enlightenment in Europe. They define enlightenment, the contributions of the scientific revolution, and the development of modern democracy.
7th - 8th Language Arts 5 Views 37 Downloads
The Enlightenment in Europe: Ch 22
Why study European Enlightenment? Because our governing forefathers and constitution were shaped by their words and philosophies. Presented here are facts and achievements of 8 different figures from the enlightened era. Also included is are a series of slides dedicated to explaining the context and climate that shaped the story Frankenstein which kids might find really cool.
10th - 12th Language Arts 12 Views 48 Downloads
What philosophies and ideas helped to shape the foundation of the United States government? Here is an engaging role-playing activity where your young historians will have the opportunity to take on the persona of a famous philosopher and discuss their views on politics, society, and law, as well as through research and discussion gain a better understanding of how these individuals impacted the development of the United States government.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 5 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Spread of Enlightenment Ideas
Looking for a simple and straightforward reference on the Enlightenment for your young historians? Check out this list of key terms and important figures from the period, followed by a traditional assessment where your learners will be asked to match historical figures with their appropriate accomplishments and respond to brief constructed response questions.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 83 Views 83 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Enlightenment: Matching #1
Matching exercises can help learners build a functional vocabulary related to many different concepts. They match ten ideas and key players commonly associated with the Enlightenment to their definitions. Ben Franklin, Edward Gibbon, and Thomas Paine are a few of the thinkers noted on this worksheet.
7th - 8th Social Studies & History 5 Views 27 Downloads
The Enlightenment: Matching Activity 4
Just finished reading about the 17th century and the period of Enlightenment? Use this helpful worksheet that covers the people and events your class has just read about. Learners can use this resource to match ten different Enlightenment terms to the correct clues.
7th - 9th Social Studies & History 3 Views 44 Downloads
Sixth graders analyze the philosophies of Locke, Rosseau, and Voltaire comparing your philosophy to theirs on the nature of man, government, and knowledge. They read the attached excerpt from the Declaration of Independence.
6th Social Studies & History 18 Views 77 Downloads
The American Revolution, Guided Reading
This McDougal Littell worksheet provides a graphic organizer for US History class members to record information on the causes and effects of events like France entering the war, the British closing Boston harbor, passing the Stamp Act, and more.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 15 Views 337 Downloads
Effects of the Enlightenment
Ninth graders explore the vocabulary that deals with the Enlightenment. In this World History instructional activity, 9th graders research the causes and effects of the enlightenment. Students create charts on the key vocabulary terms of the Enlightenment.
9th Social Studies & History 29 Views 220 Downloads
Similar to the rebirth of knowledge of the Enlightenment and Renaissance periods, David Brooks claims that today, we are developing a revolution in consciousness, exploring the depths of our nature and coming away with a new humanism. Listen as Brooks offers several skills of human capital that we should notice and prize today; from our ability to read the biases and failures in our own minds, to our ability to sympathize and work within groups.
19 mins 11th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 3 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Western Civilizations, Chapter 17: Enlightenment
Use primary sources to authenticate your historians' experience of western civilizations! This documents-analysis tool is one of many learning strategies included in this online resource, which covers ancient to modern history. This section has scholars examining four documents (not included, but named) involved in the philosophies, art movements, and scientific progress during the period of Enlightenment.
10th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History 3 Views 2 Downloads