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Declaration of Independence and John Locke
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.
Four Enlightenment Thinkers
Young scholars 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.
Why do we need a Government
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.
Ideas Behind the Declaration of Independence
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".
Ideas That Shaped the Declaration of Independence
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.
We The People
Students 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.
Ideas of John Locke
In this life, liberty, and property learning exercise, 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.
Reading Comprehension: John Locke
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a 3-paragraph selection about John Locke. Students respond to 4 multiple choice questions regarding the selection.
Should the Colonists Have Signed the Declaration of Independence?
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.
An Introduction to British Romanticism
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.
The Virginia Declaration of Rights: A Blueprint for Liberty"
Students examine the inception of the Bill of Rights. In this civil liberty lesson plan, students use vocabulary and primary sources to critically explore the Bill of Rights. Students will examine the Virginia Declaration of Rights as a milestone in the development of colonial government.
Politics and Leadership
Students 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. Students write a 500-700 word essay based on their findings.
Homeschool Learning Network: The Age of Enlightenment
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.
Honoring Property Rights
Students examine the issue of cheating. In this property rights lesson, students define honor and discuss intellectual property rights as they explore a case study.
In 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.
How Man Negotiates Away His Natural Freedom
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.
What are the Philosophical and Historical Foundations of the American Political System?
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.
The Drafts of the Declaration of Independence
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.
Unit 12: Enlightenment and French Revolution
In this Enlightenment lesson, learners respond to 34 short answer questions about John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Baron de Montesquieu, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Voltaire, Denis Diderot, and Mary Wollstonecraft.
We The People
Young scholars explore the reasons for rules. In this government lesson, students explore how natural rights are protected with laws. Young scholars collaborate to establish classroom rules.