The following is a common core-based worksheet/lesson about several important absolute monarchs – James I, Frederick the Great, Akbar the Great, Suleiman the Magnificent, Phillip II, and Peter the Great. The general objective of the lesson is for students to analyze the similarities and differences between this group of absolute monarchs as well as the impact absolutism has on a nation/empire.
Topics covered include:
• Analysis of James I, Frederick the Great, Akbar the Great, Suleiman the Magnificent, Phillip II, and Peter the Great.
• Similarities and differences between them
Activities included in this lesson:
• Do now about Louis XIV (wrapping up the previous lesson on Louis XIV) that serves to set up the lesson.
• Cooperative learning activity where students are required to learn about one specific absolute monarch and then promote that monarch to win the award for “History’s Most Absolute Monarch”
- Students develop a campaign poster that includes a clear argument in text and in images.
- Students then walk around the class on a gallery walk learning about the rest of the absolute monarchs.
- class discussion follows.
- Students are kept very busy and work diligently throughout the lesson. The lesson can be completed in 75 minutes so probably would be appropriate for two 45-minute periods.
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I also offer this worksheet bundled with several others...
Bundle #4 - Absolutism, Enlightenment, Revolution - Global History Common Core
and this lesson bundled with another one on Louis XIV...
Global Absolutism Bundle - Global/World History Common Core