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Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov
This lesson plan will arm you with discussion topics and questions, an activity, and a quiz that will help your students understand Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason, and their importance.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • discuss Thomas Paine and his importance to early America
  • identify the core concepts of the Age of Reason
  • tie together the concepts of deism, natural law, Thomas Paine, and the Age of Reason

Length

30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.4

Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 9-10 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

Materials

Key Vocabulary

  • The Age of Reason
  • Thomas Paine
  • Deism
  • Natural law
  • Enlightenment
  • Common Sense

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