This is a fun and interactive group project that will help your students understand the major contributions of famous philosophers to governments around the world. An X-Ray poster is one in which a large figure of a person is drawn on poster paper and flaps are created for the major parts of the body with detailed information about that person under the flaps. For example, under the flap of the heart, detailed information about what that person is passionate can be found. Ideas about their ideal form of government can be found under the flap on the head.
You will begin with a power point introduction to the Enlightenment and then assign groups one of the following nine philosophers: John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, James Madison, Baron de Montesquieu, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Mary Wollstonecraft, Thomas Jefferson, Simón Bolívar, or Plato. You will then assign each student a specific roll and review the detailed directions and grading rubric. Students will then complete the corresponding template and X-Ray poster. Once all posters are complete, students will hang up their posters around the room and complete a Gallery Walk using the corresponding worksheet. A quiz is included as well as a ticket-out-the-door to assess their knowledge. This is one of my students’ favorite activities!
19-slide power point: Review of the Enlightenment and directions for X-Ray poster
Film Clip: Enlightenment Philosophers
9 Biographical Briefings for each philosopher (2-pages each)
2-page directions for X-Ray poster
1-page grading rubric
1-page X-Ray poster Template
2-page philosophers worksheet for gallery walk
Objective: Students will be able to analyze the importance of philosophers on Western political thought by creating an X-Ray poster.
Here is a great activity for this unit: THE FRENCH REVOLUTION STORYBOOK PROJECT
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