This mini-unit is wonderful for introducing students to the theories of WHY
government is necessary and HOW
government should work.
After explaining the two extremes of government power (absolute versus mob rule), the PowerPoint
guides students through the different theories of Niccolo Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Charles de Montesquieu, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
The PowerPoint presentation is complete with slide notes, highlighted titles, vocabulary words, and important ideas, and includes custom animation. The presentation is saved using a 97-2003 format.
The resource also includes a graphic organizer
in which students will identify the main points associated with each philosophe and answer questions based on the discussion.
I have also included a series of biographies
on Niccolo Machiavelli
, Thomas Hobbes
, John Locke
, and Charles de Montesquieu
. These biographies re-enforce the ideas presented in the PowerPoint and include questions to check for understanding. In using these in my own class room, students are encouraged to:
1. Number the paragraphs
2. Read the biography
3. Highlight answers in the reading
4. Use complete sentences.
Answer keys for each biography demonstrate these steps.
Finally, I have included two assessments
based on the PowerPoint presentation and biographies. Both assessments include multiple choice questions. Additionally, one assessment obliges students to complete a chart stating both why people might need rules and why people might not need rules. The other assessment, which I typically gear towards my GATE students, calls for brief paragraphs answers based on the discussion. Assessments have been uploaded in Word format to allow for changes as needed.
I have had a great deal of success with this mini-unit, and hope you and your students enjoy it as much as I do. Your feedback regarding this product is always appreciated. And feel free to browse my store for other products related to US History, World History, and Government.
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