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In this Common Core aligned lesson, students begin by rotating through six discovery stations. Each station highlights a different Enlightenment philosopher. As students rotate through the stations, they are required to answer text-based questions to ensure understanding. An answer sheet is provided for students to keep track of their work. Ultimately, students write a paragraph showing evidence of the Enlightenment in today’s world. A graphic organizer and rubric are included for the writing portion of this lesson.
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Enlightenment Philosopher Station Posters:
6 color-coded station posters are included. Each station poster highlights the life and philosophy of an Enlightenment thinker and includes three text-based questions. The station posters can be blown up to a larger size, or multiple copies of each poster can be made for each station. Enlightenment philosophers included in this set: Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft, Montesquieu, and Voltaire.
Discovery Station Answer Sheet:
An organizer is provided for students to record their answers at each discovery station.
Age of Enlightenment Exit Ticket:
The exit ticket can be used as a formative assessment after completing the Enlightenment philosopher station rotations. Students are asked to draw a picture and explain how one Enlightenment idea impacts their life. Two exit tickets fit on one page.
Age of Enlightenment Graphic Organizer:
After completing the station rotations, students work cooperatively to fill in the graphic organizer. The organizer requires students to analyze each philosopher and provide an idea that connects with today’s world. The organizer also sets students up to be successful with the writing assessment.
Enlightenment Philosopher Task Cards:
The task cards can be used to review each philosopher. Based on the knowledge gained during the station rotations, students match each quote with the correct philosopher. Copying the task cards on cardstock or laminating before use is recommended.
Age of Enlightenment Guided Writing:
The lesson has been scaffolded to get students to this point in the lesson. Students are now required to apply their knowledge and show evidence of the Enlightenment in their life.
The writing rubric provides students with clear expectations and guidelines for completing the paragraph.
Additional Resources Related to the Enlightenment:
The Scientific Revolution- Research, Writing, Assessment, & Word Search
The Scientific Revolution- Illustrated Notes
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