Skip the lecture on the Age of Enlightenment. Introduce your students to The Age of Enlightenment through this quick and easy newspaper project. In this no-prep lesson plan, students take on the role of reporters to get the scoop on the Age of Enlightenment.
Working in groups, students investigate specific topics and create a newspaper in a 90-minute class. Students create cover stories, political cartoons, editorials and more. What is the social contract? How did the Thirty Years' War influence the Enlightmentl? What is the relationship between the scientific revolution and the Enlightenment? and more...
When the newspapers are complete, students read each other’s newspapers to learn about other topics related to the Enlightenment.
NOTE: This product was revised 8/12/16.
Suggested topics and informational text included in this guide:
- Thomas Hobbes
- Thirty year wars as enlightenment catalyst
- Francis bacon and scientific method
- Kepler disproves early theories
- John Locke and representative government
- Montesquieu and separation of powers
- Diderot and the Encyclopedie
- Rousseau and social contract
- Kant and skepticism
This detailed guide includes:
-Complete teacher’s guide for a 90 minute lesson
-Student handouts including directions, graphic organizers, and topic suggestions
-10 pages of informational texts
-A complete list of materials
A great addition to your Age of Enlightenment and Absolute Monarchs
Two ways to use:
- Introduction: students read the provided information and write articles in a short time. Students work together to form the first page or two of a newspaper on their topics.
- In-depth: students read the provided information on industrial revolution related topics. Student groups work together to divide up topics and ideas and conduct additional research. Students write investigative articles on the topics.
- OPTIONAL: for either option, consider a gallery walk at the end in which students visit each other's newspapers to learn about the different topics and to analyze major events and people related to the era.
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