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Ninth graders determine what the Enlightenment had to do with the American Revolution. In this historical perspectives lesson plan, 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.
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.
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 learning exercise.
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.
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.
Just finished reading about the 17th century and the period of Enlightenment? Use this helpful instructional 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.