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Philosophy in the Age of Reason
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.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Gothic novel. Horror story. Science fiction. All these labels have been applied to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. If this classic tale is part of your curriculum, consider introducing the novel with a presentation that includes background on Shelley, romanticism, the Age of Reason, and gothic novels. The colorful images and essential questions are sure to engage your class.
New! The Spread of Enlightenment Ideas
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.
The Enlightenment (1650–1800)
For 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.
The Enlightenment (1650–1800)
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.
Sixth graders analyze the philosophies of Locke, Rosseau, and Voltaire comparing your philosophy to theirs on the nature of man, government, and knowledge. They read the attached excerpt from the Declaration of Independence.
For this Freethinkers Day worksheet, students complete activities such as reading a passage, phrase matching, fill in the blanks, correct words, multiple choice, spelling, sequencing, scrambled sentences, writing questions, survey, and writing. Students complete 12 activities on Freethinkers Day.
Sentence Completion 21: Low-Advanced SAT Level
Learners must select the best words to complete the six sentences on a worksheet designed to test their critical thinking skills as well as their vocabulary knowledge. The included answer sheet, which details how to determine the correct answer for each prompt, also provides comprehension strategies for test takers.
Eleventh graders study and discuss various aspects of the Enlightenment period in European history.
The Enlightenment: Matching #1
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.
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.
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.
The Enlightenment Spreads
In this "The Enlightenment Spreads" activity, students complete a graphic organizer focused on drawing conclusions. Students relate various people to Enlightenment ideas. Students then define 4 vocabulary terms.
Effects of the Enlightenment
Ninth graders explore the vocabulary that deals with the Enlightenment. For 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.
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.
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.
Lesson 11: Enlightenment: An Application of Reform to Political Theories
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.
Women: Stride Toward Freedom
Students read facts about women'ts suffrage and research topics related to women's rights. Optional films for viewing and books to read.
Relating to Franklin's Age of Reason
Fourth graders read a selection describing 13 virtues from "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin." They keep track of their behavior and whether or not they can keep up with 5 chosen virtues. They write a 5 paragraph essay on their experience.
The Enlightenment Spreads
In this Enlightenment Spreads learning exercise, students complete a chart describing how various artists reflected Enlightenment Ideas in their work, then explain how several rulers used the ideas.