Ch 20: The Enlightenment: AP World History Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Enlightenment chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about 17th and 18th century intellectual and scientific advancements in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of The Enlightenment chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayBirth of the Enlightenment;
The American Enlightenment
Background to the Enlightenment, end of the 30 Years War;
New intellectual and social movements in America
TuesdayThemes of the Enlightenment Individualism, reason and skepticism
WednesdayEnlightened thinkers and their workIdeas of John Locke, Voltaire and other great thinkers of the Enlightenment
ThursdayLegacy of Jean-Jacques RousseauPhilosophy and work of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Friday Science during the Enlightenment Contributions of Copernicus, Galileo and Sir Isaac Newton to the fields of astronomy and physics

6 Lessons in Chapter 20: The Enlightenment: AP World History Lesson Plans
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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.

The Enlightenment Thinkers & Their Ideas

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

Major Themes of the Enlightenment: Reason, Individualism & Skepticism

6. 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.

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