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Enlightenment & Scientific Revolution Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary
Included in this chapter are video lessons on key topics your students will need to know about the Enlightenment and the Scientific Revolution, as well as lesson plans for teaching some of the major topics in the classroom. Watch these lessons to prepare for teaching:
- The Enlightenment and its major themes
- Notable Enlightenment thinkers
- Royal absolutism
- The timeline and breakthroughs of the Scientific Revolution
This chapter also includes assessment tests that you can take to see what you know about some of the topics you went over in the lessons. Overall, the resources in this chapter will be a tremendous asset to you and you students as you move into this period in world history.
How It Helps
- Teaches themes: These lesson plans will provide your students with the major themes to look for when studying the Enlightenment and the Scientific Revolution.
- Emphasizes individuals: By learning about some of the major figures associated with the Enlightenment and their works, your students will have an easier time grasping the subject as a whole.
- Provides timelines: Our videos will help your students understand the historical timeline of these periods and their influence on world history.
How It Works
This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning world history lessons easy.
- Find lesson plans for specific Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution topics you want to cover in class.
- Formulate your world history class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
- Share the related Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
- Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution concepts from the lessons.
- Engage your students with relevant world history-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Thomas Hobbes Lesson Plan
This lesson plan will provide you with the necessary layout to help students learn and retain the basic information on Thomas Hobbes using a lesson, quiz, activity, discussion questions, and key vocabulary terms.
4. Thomas Hobbes: Biography, Beliefs & Quotes
Thomas Hobbes was an English philosopher, political scientist, academic, historian, and journalist in the 17th century. He is best known for his book 'Leviathan' (1651) and his views on how politics affects society.
5. Jean-Jacques Rousseau Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Two video lessons will guide students to understand his philosophy and ideas, their impact, and his legacy. Discussion questions, a quiz, and activity help concepts stick.
6. Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Ideas, Impact & Works
Jean-Jacques Rousseau was one of the most important philosophers of the Enlightenment period. Learn about his important works, his main ideas, and how he influenced other philosophers, movements, and governments in this lesson.
7. 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.
8. Louis XIV Lesson Plan
With this lesson plan and materials from Study.com, you'll have everything you need to help your students better understand the reign of Louis XIV, the Sun King, and the resulting transformation of France.
9. The Reign of Louis XIV in France: Accomplishments & Influence
In this lesson, we explore the reign of Louis XIV in France. Domestically, Louis revolutionized numerous facets of French government and administration over his 72-year reign.
10. Age of Absolutism Lesson Plan
Introduce absolute monarchy to your students in this lesson plan. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity, and take a quiz.
11. Royal Absolutism in France: Monarchical Power & Louis XIV
In this lesson, we will study France's absolute monarchy. We will learn its characteristics, examine its rise, and meet Louis XIV, the 'Sun King,' who brought royal absolutism to its height.
12. John Locke Lesson Plan
While the practice of the ideas of the social contract may be one that some may feel uncomfortable introducing into a high school classroom, this lesson plan will help your students understand more than that from John Locke.
13. Two Treatises Of Government by Locke: Summary & Explanation
John Locke's ideas about government and human nature became the starting point for modern political theory and, ultimately, the American Revolution. Locke's concepts of freedom, law, and the purpose of government were foundational to the modern conception of democracy.
14. John Locke on Personal Identity
This lesson explains John Locke's theories on personal identity. In doing so, it highlights the prince and pauper argument as well as the day man and night man theory.
15. Baron de Montesquieu Lesson Plan
This lesson will provide you with a warm-up activity, discussion activity, main activity, two quizzes, and discussion topics and questions that will help students learn more about Baron De Montesquieu and his views.
16. Baron de Montesquieu: Biography, Theories & Philosophy
In this lesson, we explore the life and theories of the the French Enlightenment's foremost political theorist, Charles-Louis de Secondat - more commonly known as Montesquieu.
17. Social Contract Lesson Plan
In this lesson we help our students understand the concept of social contracts, help them recognize the social contract in our country, and encourage them to develop their own to more fully understand the concept.
18. What is a Social Contract? - Definition & Examples
Learn about the idea of a social contract. Then you can understand how the concept has helped people to create modern governments all over the world that are more responsible to their citizens.
19. Voltaire Lesson Plan
Who was Voltaire and why was he an important figure in the age of Enlightenment? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to summarize Voltaire's life and work. An activity aimed at analysis connects students to the words of Voltaire.
20. Voltaire: Philosophy & Works
In this lesson we examine the literary contributions of François-Marie Arouet (better known as Voltaire), a prominent writer and thinker of the French Enlightenment.
21. Hobbes vs. Locke Lesson Plan
In this lesson plan students will learn about the major political ideas of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke by watching a video, closely reading the transcript, and collecting the facts in a graphic organizer. They will then compare those ideas through an engaging role-playing activity.
22. Thomas Hobbes & John Locke: Political Theories & Competing Views
In this lesson, we discuss the two premier English political theorists of the 17th century: Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. We'll also take a look at their impact on Western philosophy in contemporary and modern times.
23. State of Nature Lesson Plan
In this lesson plan we will teach students about the complex philosophical term 'state of nature.' Through discussion and a debate, our students will understand what it is and how each philosopher viewed it.
24. State of Nature: Definition, Philosophy & Examples
In this lesson, we'll discuss the philosophical concept of the state of nature. The sate of nature was explored by the well-known philosophers Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
25. Hobbes' Leviathan Lesson Plan
What was the underlying message of Thomas Hobbes' 'Leviathan'? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to summarize key points from the treatise for the class. A small group activity assesses comprehension.
26. Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan: Summary, Quotes & Analysis
Thomas Hobbes, in his treatise Leviathan, discussed what he believes are the downfalls of government, and how humans can achieve the perfect commonwealth. This lesson will summarize it and offer some quotes and analysis.
27. Existentialism Lesson Plan
Teachers, in this lesson students will explore the philosophy of existentialism. They will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete a research activity and take a quiz.
28. Existentialism: Definition, History, Characteristics & Examples
This lesson describes existentialist philosophy, including its historical roots and key characteristics. While imagining what the world was like after World War II, you'll also consider the value of the existentialist viewpoint in describing human existence.
29. Candide Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to review Voltaire's book 'Candide' with your students. Students will read a text lesson, critically discuss the book, and take on the role of a character in a fun playacting activity.
30. Voltaire's Candide: Summary & Analysis
Why is this short 18th-Century comedic novel not only an important work of literature but also one of the top-10 banned books of all time? Explore the wacky characters and shocking story line that is one of France's most recognizable contributions to world culture.
31. Candide Comprehension Questions
Voltaire's ''Candide'' is a satirical story of constant trial and tribulation that mocks religion and class. This lesson provides a variety of comprehension questions to aid in your students' understanding of the story.
32. William Blake Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to teach your students about William Blake. A video lesson details Blake's life, methods and work. Discussion questions, hands-on learning and a quiz are included to help increase comprehension.
33. William Blake: Poems, Quotes and Biography
Who is William Blake? He's a Romantic poet, an illustrator and a mystic. He used words, drawings and an innovative relief etching style, called illuminated printing, to create some of the most unusual and creative works of the Romantic era.
34. Enlightened Absolutism Lesson Plan
Teach your students about enlightened absolution with this lesson plan. A video anchors the lesson, defining the term then showing how it related to the domestic politics of Western and Central European nations of the 18th century. Cooperative activities and a quiz make learning stick.
35. Enlightened Despots in France, Austria & Prussia: Reforms & Goals
In this lesson we explore the term 'Enlightened Despotism' and how it pertains to the domestic politics of several 18th-century Western and Central European nations.
36. Catherine the Great Lesson Plan
Teach your students about Catherine the Great with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson explaining her life and accomplishments using comprehension strategies along the way, analyzing content through discussion and activities. Check understanding with a quiz.
37. Catherine the Great: Biography, Quotes & Facts
Catherine the Great was a German born Russian Queen. Her reign was noted for cultural, artistic, educational, and political reforms as well as territorial expansion.
38. The Enlightenment Activities
Giving students focused and fun activities can help them to retain important information. This lesson focuses on Enlightenment-based activities teachers can use in a classroom setting.
39. Enlightenment vs. Great Awakening Lesson Plan
This lesson plan covers the difference between ''The First Great Awakening'' and ''Enlightenment''. Students will learn what the major differences were as well as understand the effect each had on America at the time.
40. English Bill of Rights Activities
Any teacher seeking activity ideas for secondary and/or post-secondary students in American and/or World History, here's a lesson plan just for you. Each of these activities will cover subject matter regarding the English Bill of Rights.
41. Social Contract Lesson Plan for Elementary School
This lesson will help your elementary students understand John Locke's social contract theory. Students will read a text lesson, participate in group activities, and prove their knowledge with a short quiz.
42. Social Contract Theory Lesson Plan
With this lesson plan, your students will learn about the social contract theory and its major proponents. They will apply this by writing their own constitutions using these theories.
43. The Lamb by William Blake Lesson Plan
With this lesson plan, your students are going to analyze William Blake's poem 'The Lamb.' They will explore Blake's methods and use of imagery by emulating his style in their own poetry.
44. The Enlightenment & World Revolutions Activities for High School
The Enlightenment and the world revolutions that followed make for an exciting chapter of world history. This lesson offers some activities that will keep your students engaged as they learn about this aspect of history.
45. Enlightenment Lesson Plan
There are a number of lofty ideas associated with the Enlightenment, but this lesson plan, as well as materials from Study.com, can help put it all within reach of your students.
46. Enlightenment Thinkers Lesson Plan
Use this Study.com lesson plan to define the Age of Enlightenment. Dive into the major thinkers of this time period, and teach students their contributions. Follow up with an engaging activity.
47. Thomas Hobbes Discussion Questions
Thomas Hobbes was an important figure, best known for his political, religious, and scientific philosophies. Use these discussion questions to help your high school-age students tackle the complexities of his beliefs and assertions.
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