This activity gives students a list of statements and asks them to select whether they agree or disagree. The purpose is to get students to introduce students to some of the complex issues raised during the Enlightenment and to see how some of our most basic beliefs (for example, whether people are mostly good or selfish #HobbesvLocke) influence how we view people, societies, and governments. That, in turn, leads to political conflict.
This can be a very brief activity (5 minutes) or can be used to generate discussions throughout the year. Many of the ideas in this activity will be revisited throughout US and world history courses as well as gov/econ and other poli-sci electives.