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The Enlightenment, Philosophers, and Your Government
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
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...
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...
Enlightenment Philosophers (Peer to Peer Teaching)
7th - 11th CCSS: Adaptable
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.
Why Do Governments Exist? Locke, Hobbes, Montesquieu, and Rousseau
7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
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...
The Enlightenment and the Rise of Democratic Ideals
10th - 12th
Students examine the key ideas of the Enlightenment. Using primary source documents, they discuss how the Enlightenment allowed for the rise of democratic ideas. They identify the origins of the American Revolution and the drafting of...