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Ch 20: AP World History - The Enlightenment: Homeschool Curriculum

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The Enlightenment unit of this AP World History Homeschool Curriculum course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about the Age of Enlightenment. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our AP World History Homeschool Curriculum course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the Enlightenment. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the Age of Enlightenment. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the essential figures, scientific developments and themes associated with the Enlightenment.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and an Enlightenment unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Enlightenment Unit Objectives:

  • Discover the roots of the Enlightenment in the 30 Years War.
  • Explore the scholarly and social aspects of the American Enlightenment.
  • Define the leading themes of the Enlightenment.
  • Identify the major thinkers of the period, and elaborate on their ideas.
  • Discuss the philosophical legacy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
  • Describe the major scientific discoveries that occurred during the Enlightenment.

6 Lessons in Chapter 20: AP World History - The Enlightenment: Homeschool Curriculum
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The 30 Years' War & the Birth of the Enlightenment

1. The 30 Years' War & the Birth of the Enlightenment

In this lesson, we will examine the consequences of the Thirty Years' War, as well as the birth of the Enlightenment. We will place these events in historical context and show their lasting impact.

The American Enlightenment: Intellectual and Social Revolution

2. The American Enlightenment: Intellectual and Social Revolution

For a thousand years, Europe had been living in the Dark Ages until a series of philosophical, religious and scientific movements helped turn on the lights. The Enlightenment began in Europe, but quickly spread throughout America in the 1700s and helped set the stage for a revolution against British rule.

Major Themes of the Enlightenment: Reason, Individualism & Skepticism

3. Major Themes of the Enlightenment: Reason, Individualism & Skepticism

In this lesson, we will identify the major themes associated with the Enlightenment. We will also explore the major figures and learn about their contributions. We will understand the lasting impact of the Enlightenment by putting it in historical context.

The Enlightenment Thinkers & Their Ideas

4. The Enlightenment Thinkers & Their Ideas

In this lesson, we discuss the varied and diverse 18th-century intellectual movement known as the Enlightenment. In addition to exploring its background and nature, we highlight several of the era's chief philosophers and their ideas.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Philosophy and Legacy

5. Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Philosophy and Legacy

In this lesson, we will learn about a famous philosopher named Jean-Jacques Rousseau. We will understand the specific views he advanced and identify his contributions to the field of philosophy.

Science During the Enlightenment Period: Innovations, Discoveries & Major Figures

6. Science During the Enlightenment Period: Innovations, Discoveries & Major Figures

In this lesson, we will learn about the Scientific Revolution that preceded the Enlightenment. We will highlight the major themes, innovations, discoveries, and figures associated with this revolution in science.

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