Students examine the causes and effects of the American Revolution. Using the text of the Declaration of Independence, they identify how the political ideas during the war shaped the document. They use the internet to explore the theories of John Locke.
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.
Students explore some of the ideas of major importance to the Founders, why we need a government, and how the Founders believed governments should be created and what they should do. They think of a right that all people should have and explain how they think rights likes the one they chose could be protected. Finally, students become a philosopher and work together to come up with an argument of a classroom and teacher with no rights, compared to John Locke.
Students examine the causes of the Revolutionary War. Using the Declaration of Independence, they analyze how the ideas of John Locke helped shape the document. They use other primary source documents to compare the Declaration of Independence to Thomas Paine's "Common Sense".
Fifth graders analyze the political ideas of John Locke and Common Sense. They discover how these were influential in the writing of the Declaration of Independence. Students highlight concepts common to all three documents and record them from memory on paper.
Learners recognize need for rules and government and explain the following terms: natural rights, state of nature, social contract and consent. They explain problems that come within a state of nature and compare their ideas with those of John Locke.
In this life, liberty, and property activity, students read about the influences of John Locke and then write a short story on the back of the page. Students write about how life, liberty, and property have influenced them and their family.
For this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a 3-paragraph selection about John Locke. Students respond to 4 multiple choice questions regarding the selection.
How did the period of British Romanticism start? Introduce your class to this period and some key figures who were influential during this time like William Blake, Percy Shelley, and John Locke. This presentation serves as a very basic overview of the time period. 
Explore the Declaration of Independence in this US History lesson. Middle schoolers compare and contrast viewpoints of the Loyalists and the Patriots as they discuss the issue of colonial independence from Britain. They present support for both groups using a debate format, and then they come to a consensus about how the signing of the Declaration of Independence was a positive step in US history.
Young scholars examine the inception of the Bill of Rights. In this civil liberty lesson, students use vocabulary and primary sources to critically explore the Bill of Rights. Young scholars will examine the Virginia Declaration of Rights as a milestone in the development of colonial government.
Learners research a historic leader and analyze how a philosopher's writings influenced the ruler in an essay. In this philosophy of government lesson plan, students view a video and participate in a class discussion on how great thinkers influence great leaders. Pairs research the influence of a philosopher on a leader by researching on the Internet. Learners write a 500-700 word essay based on their findings.
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.
Students examine the issue of cheating. In this property rights activity, students define honor and discuss intellectual property rights as they explore a case study.
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.
Students recognize that our legal-political system hasdeveloped through a process of moving from philosophical ideals to compromised working models. They apply John Locke's views to the development of U.S. political theory and systems.
Tenth graders explore the roots of the American political system. In this government instructional activity, 10th graders read excerpts of the Mayflower Compact and an article about John Locke's government philosophy. Students research autocratic governments in order to compare and contrast them with the U.S. government.
Seventh graders compare drafts of the Declaration of Independence. In this primary source analysis lesson, 7th graders access copies of Thomas Jefferson's original draft of the document and compare it the final document that gave birth to America. 
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.
Students explore the reasons for rules. In this government lesson, students explore how natural rights are protected with laws. Students collaborate to establish classroom rules.

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