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.
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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
Should the Colonists Have Signed the Declaration of Independence?
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...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
A Rising People: Ben Franklin and the Americans
Young scholars 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...
5th - 8th Social Studies & History
The Bill of Rights
How does the Bill of Rights, created over 200 years ago, still apply to the lives of American citizens to this day? Here is a fantastic resource that includes several resources on approaching the Bill of Rights with your class. After...
5th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Greeks and Persians
Considering the evolution of democracy and civilization to this day, is there any reason to believe the Persians should have defeated the Greeks in the Persian War? Why could the legacy of Ancient Greece be considered "profoundly...
11 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable