I use this in my World History Class. As we have to discuss the Enlightenment thinkers who reshaped the mindset of Europe and paved the way for the coming revolutions in Europe and the Americas, I developed this simple handout to organize key facts that I use for a broader discussion and compare it to our discussion with Absolute rulers.
To use this handout, I use the textbook. The page numbers match the Holt/McDougal: Patterns of Interaction World History Text book. Its simple but I find it effective and combine it with other things and tie it to past discussions in class.