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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 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 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.
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.
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.
What do Christopher Columbus, Thomas Hobbes, and the Crusades have in common? Two things. They are on this vocabulary list, and they were all apart of the Age of Enlightenment. Here you'll find a list of 20 people, places, or things related to the Enlightenment.
In this Age of Enlightenment learning exercise, 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.
In this online interactive history learning exercise, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Leviathan by Hobbes. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive learning exercise. 
In this online interactive philosophy worksheet, students respond to 17 multiple choice questions about Hobbes's Leviathan. Students submit their answers to be scored.
Sixth graders probe the main concepts of the Age of Enlightenment in this five lesson unit. The great thinkers and their ideas form the basis of this exploration into the philosophy used to help form our nation.
In this online interactive world history instructional activity, high schoolers answer 9 multiple choice questions regarding French history. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
The enlightenment was a time of growth for parts of the world, and its spirit inspired future generations. Learners match ten descriptions to the proper person or item definitive of the enlightenment. 
One of the best strategies for learning is to teach what you know to others. Your young historians will be divided into groups and assigned an Enlightenment philosopher that they will then research and present to their classmates. 
After learning about the Enlightenment philosophers, your young historians will take part in a fantastic project where they will determine and develop their idea of an ideal government through a written portfolio. The project asks learners to provide a manifesto on their political philosophy, description of systems that operate their ideal governments, reflective piece, and drawing symbolizing the government they create.
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.
After breaking into groups according to major principles of government (i.e. popular sovereignty, separation of powers, checks and balances, etc.) in the United States, your class members will produce public service announcements outlining their assigned principles, and consider which principle is most important to the Constitution. 
Explore the history, scope, and ramifications of human conflict. Six thorough sections of articles originally published in Science Journal take learners through the stages of human conflict, and hypothesize about the future of mankind in the face of ever-expanding conflict in the world.
Who am I? What is happiness? In the beginning, was there something or nothing? You'll love the ideas in a reference app devoted to philosophy. Scroll through the thoughts of a particular thinker, see what a variety of philosophers have to say about a concept, and create a list of your favorite ideas. With over 90 full texts listed alphabetically by author, and over 2,500 quotations, this application is a great source for musings about life's big questions.
In this online interactive history instructional activity, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about The Social Contract by Rosseau. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive instructional activity. 

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