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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. Finally, your class members will read an excerpt from Rousseau's The Social Contract and consider his argument against the use of force as a means of governance.
In this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 9 short answer and essay questions about the Enlightenment. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet.
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 Enlightenment lesson, students respond to 34 short answer questions about John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Baron de Montesquieu, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Voltaire, Denis Diderot, and Mary Wollstonecraft.
For this online interactive world history worksheet, students answer 20 fill in the blank questions regarding the Enlightenment. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Ninth graders explore the vocabulary that deals with the Enlightenment. In this World History lesson, 9th graders research the causes and effects of the enlightenment. Students create charts on the key vocabulary terms of the Enlightenment.
Students examine lives, philosophies, and political beliefs of four Enlightenment Thinkers: Baron de Montesquieu, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Hobbes, and John Locke. Students then work with partner to write short speech from perspective of one of the philosophers.
In this Age of Enlightenment worksheet, students read a 1-page selection about the era and then respond to up to 8 short answer and essay questions based on the article and the suggested Web links.
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.
Ninth graders explore the Enlightenment and its historical effects. As a class, they discuss the characteristics of kings, queens and monarchies. Pupils design political cartoons to illustrate vocabulary words. Using a graphic organizer, 9th graders create short skits, raps or television commercials depicting political, economical, and religious issues of the Enlightenment.
In this Enlightenment learning exercise, students read assigned textbook pages regarding the era and respond to 68 short answer questions.
Ninth graders consider the impact of Enlightenment philosophers. In this European history lesson, 9th graders examine the influence of the Locke, Voltaire, Montesquieu, and Rousseau as they research their democratic ideas.
Why did all those enlightened absolutists think they were so great? Learn about the Seven Years War and a few 'great' rulers such as Frederick and Catherine. Each ruler is described by their actions during and after the war. Military maps depicting the battle and regions of power are also included.
Eleventh graders study and discuss various aspects of the Enlightenment period in European history.
In this Enlightenment activity, students read excerpts of The Spirit of the Laws by Montesquieu and then respond to 9 short answer questions.
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.
Just finished reading about the 17th century and the period of Enlightenment? Use this helpful activity 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.
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.
The enlightenment was a time of growth for parts of the world, and its spirit inspired future generations. Learners match ten descriptions to the proper person or item definitive of the enlightenment.
In this online interactive world history worksheet, learners answer 10 multiple choice questions regarding the Enlightenment. Students may submit their answers to be scored.