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Bring the Enlightenment Philosophers to life and keep students engaged in hands-on assignments and that take students to the highest levels of thinking with the creative and fun assignments in this unit. Create a Meme!!! Create a Social Media Post!!! Debate a new form of government on a deserted island!!! Students analyze Enlightenment philosophers primary sources writings and watch background videos to provide good background information about the Enlightenment philosophers. Students connect the Enlightenment ideas to modern day social media in meme and social media post assignments. Students role play as an Enlightenment philosopher in a classroom debate in which students persuade an island government to adopt their thinking. Unit does include small Powerpoint and ways to make your unit more traditional.
The concepts of enlightenment philosophers are intertwined in all History and Government classes. The assignments are designed for homework, blended learning, and/or supplementary materials. Background research and philosophical information is provided through primary source readings and videos (links included). Links to assist in are provided in the assignments.
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Island Philosopher Debate Assignment
PowerPoint with 21 slides