This biography on John Locke focuses on his Two Treatises of Government. Believing that man was born with a "blank slate" (tabula rasa) and was essentially good by nature, Locke argued that the only true governments were those who ruled with the consent of the people. Should government abuse its authority, Locke offered, people were obligated to overthrow it.
The biography includes a series of questions based on the reading.
In using this in my own class room, students are encouraged to:
1. Number the paragraphs
2. Read the biography
3. Highlight answers in the reading
4. Use complete sentences.
The answer key demonstrates these steps.
This biography, combined with others on Niccolo Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, and Charles de Montesquieu, is an excellent resource for comparing different theories of government. You can purchase the Philosophe series here
You might also consider a mini-unit I have uploaded on Theories of Government
. This unit includes a PowerPoint and graphic organizer, biographies on the philosophers discussed (with the exception of Jean-Jacques Rousseau), and two types of assessments.
Finally, you can purchase the product as part of a general series I have posted on TpT: Biographies in American History
OR Biographies in World History
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