“Coffee and the Enlightenment” is the first posted product in a series I am calling Little Lectures on Land or Online (LLOLO). As the title intimates, these products are designed to be used in a ground-school classroom or in the cyber-classroom. Each product consists of a one-to-three page original Article followed by three sections: Questions, Projects, and Discussion. Each article in the series relates to a topic in the humanities. Because the “humanities” encompass pretty much any and every influence attended to by humans, you will have to decide what is useful to you. To that end, I have provided as many specifics as possible.
In addition to the Article, each LLOLO includes a section of Questions relative to the Article that can be used simply as a comprehension tool or can be applied in the Projects or Discussion sections. The individual questions relevant to a Project are explained in each project’s directions. The Discussion offers a couple of other ways to use the Article and Questions on ground and online, incorporating higher-order thinking activities and/or cooperative learning. There is no answer key or rubric provided because the Questions are primarily open-ended and intended to spark brainstorming and collaboration, and the Projects have been designed with instructor flexibility in mind. However, if you should desire a rubric, leave me a comment requesting one.
In this product, the Article, “Coffee and the Enlightenment,” gives a general overview of the theory that the introduction of coffee to Western Europe influenced the thought processes of Enlightenment thinkers such as John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Rousseau, Voltaire, etc. There are five Questions, three Projects, and three possibilities for Discussion. See the preview of this product for examples.