In this three part lesson, students learn about various Absolute Monarchs, Reformers, and scientists from the Scientific Revolution as they take on the role of an assigned historical figure. Part one tasks students to conduct research in order to learn about their assigned historical figure, and they create a personal ad that highlights that person's accomplishments. Part two involves role playing as students speed date one another to quickly learn about the other historical figures. Part three requires students to utilize their knowledge from the speed dating in order to find their best "match." They complete their match analysis in the form of an SAQ (short answer question).
This activity is designed to align with Chapter 23 of Traditions and Encounters, Bentley 5th edition. 29 historical figures are included in this lesson. Approximate amount of time needed for students to learn about all listed historical figures after completing the personal ad is approximately 90 minutes, The personal ad and/or the SAQ can be completed either in class or at home.
This activity correlates to the following Key Concepts for AP World History:
4.1.VI - The increase in interactions between newly connected hemispheres and intensification of connections within hemispheres expanded the spread and reform of existing religions and created syncretic belief systems and practices.
4.1.VII - As merchants’ profits increased and governments collected more taxes, funding for the visual and performing arts, even for popular audiences, increased along with an expansion of literacy and increased focus on innovation and scientific inquiry.
4.3.I - Rulers used a variety of methods to legitimize and consolidate their power.