Ch 28: The Enlightenment & World Revolutions High School World History Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Enlightenment & World Revolutions chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about the Enlightenment and its role in selected 18th and 19th century revolutions 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 & World Revolutions 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.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday France: enlightenment and revolution The causes and effects of the French Revolution, the storming of the Bastille, Napoleon Bonaparte, the Battle of Waterloo
Tuesday Central America Central American revolutionary activity in the wake of the American and French Revolutions, Mexico's freedom from Spain
Wednesday Economic and political changes The second industrial revolution, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, the Communist Manifesto
Thursday Science Major accomplishments and discoveries in science, Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton
Friday Prominent Enlightenment thinkers, their work, and their influences Rousseau, Kant, Hobbes, Locke, Descartes, Newton, Diderot, Montesquieu

8 Lessons in Chapter 28: The Enlightenment & World Revolutions High School World History Lesson Plans
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Phases of the French Revolution: Overview & Events

1. Phases of the French Revolution: Overview & Events

This lesson will provide a brief overview of the primary phases, key events, and main characters of the French Revolution. We will also study the conditions and circumstances leading up to the Revolution.

Napoleon Bonaparte and the Battle of Waterloo

2. Napoleon Bonaparte and the Battle of Waterloo

In this lesson, we will explore the return of Napoleon Bonaparte to France on March 1, 1815, his hundred-day reign, and his downfall at the Battle of Waterloo on June 18, 1815.

Independence for Central America: History, Timeline & Events

3. Independence for Central America: History, Timeline & Events

In this lesson, we will take a look at Central American independence from Spanish colonial rule. We will learn what led to these independence movements, and we will highlight key themes.

The Second Industrial Revolution: Timeline & Inventions

4. The Second Industrial Revolution: Timeline & Inventions

The Second Industrial Revolution was another great leap forward in technology and society. New innovations in steel production, petroleum and electricity led to the introduction of public automobiles and airplanes. In this lesson, learn about the key inventions that spurred this revolution.

Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels: The Communist Manifesto

5. Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels: The Communist Manifesto

This lesson will explore the 19th century roots of Marxism and communism. In doing this, it will explain the role the Industrial Revolution played in forming the famous work of Marx and Engels, known as the Communist Manifesto.

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.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Ideas, Impact & Works

7. 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.

The Enlightenment Thinkers & Their Ideas

8. 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.

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