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Why do people create governments? Where did we get our ideas about government? This is a fantastic introductory lesson for your American government class that begins by reviewing the philosophies of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke in detail, and is then followed by activities and worksheets that compare their views on the state of nature, the social contract, and the inherent responsibiilities of government.
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.
In this life, liberty, and property worksheet, 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.
Explore the Declaration of Independence in this US History instructional activity. 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.
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.
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 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.
Young scholars 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.
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.
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.
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. 
If you'd like to prompt some great discussions in your history class, this presentation will surely get your class talking. Addressing 19th century liberalism in Europe (including influences from England, France, America, and Ireland), the slides focus on key information and differences between the different schools of thought. The final slide, which details possible challenges to liberalism, could be applied to modern-day issues.
The Age of Reason, the Enlightenment, and the thinkers that shaped the western world; these are the topics touched upon in a definition-based worksheet. Young academics define six ideas that stemmed from the Age of Reason, list the ideas of major thinkers of the time, and write a paragraph on the impact of the scientific revolution.
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.
In this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Locke's Second Treatise on Civil Government.
In this online interactive philosophy worksheet, students respond to 20 multiple choice questions about Some Thoughts Concerning Education by John Locke. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Students recognize that our legal-political system has developed through a process of moving from philosophical ideals to compromised working models.

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