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Age of Enlightenment
Studnets compare example of primary documents that have shaped U.S. government and our Constitution.
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Enlightenment Philosophers (Peer to Peer Teaching)
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.
7th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Why Do Governments Exist? Locke, Hobbes, Montesquieu, and Rousseau
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...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The third in a series of 16 resources that examine the philosophers and philosophic ideas that are the underpinnings of the US system of government, focuses on the Enlightenment and the ideas of natural rights, the social contract, the...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
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...
7th - 8th Social Studies & History
A Rising People: Ben Franklin and the Americans
Students examine the Enlightenment Era and its philosophies, including philosophers. Students gain an understanding concerning what they new science was and what it led to through a series of lessons and a PowerPoint. the end by writing...
5th - 8th Social Studies & History
A New Bedford Voyage!
A thorough set of activities, articles, and reference material can enlighten your class about the history of whaling in New England. Kids travel back to a time when whale products were valuable and hunting whales was a way to help the...
5th - 7th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Dark Ages - Part 8 - The Greatest King
Part eight of this nine-part series on the Dark Ages focuses on the rein of King Charlemagne. He attempted to lift Europe out of the dark and into enlightenment through education and religion. Watch and learn about his 46 year rein,...
10 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History