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Unit 2: Absoluteism & Enlightenment

Lesson 1: Age of Absolutism

Lesson 2:  The Enlightenment Salon


Wednesday, 19 August 2009 05:43

Lesson 1: The Age of Absolutism

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In this lesson students will work in groups using their textbooks and note sheet to learn about the centralization of power and absolutism. Lesson includes cooperative group work, presentation and individual RAFT assignment.

(By Kevin Elliker; modified by Dr. Cude & Dr. Stern 8/08


  1. Students will learn about the Age of Absolutism, including the monarchies of Louis XIV, Frederick the Great, and Peter the Great.
  2. Students will understand that decisions are often made in order to maintain power ad that individuals maintain power by exerting it.
  3. Students will be able to identify characteristics and non-characteristics of absolutism and evaluate the effectiveness of absolutism as a form of government.
  4. Students will know that the growth of European nation-states in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries led to a consolidation of power in centralized forms, often in the hands of a single absolute roler. Centralized rolers justified their power through divine right. Absolute power is consolidated in a single individual.

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Wednesday, 19 August 2009 05:49

Lesson 2: The Enlightenment Salon

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In this lesson students will work in groups to research and present the various philosophes of the Enlightenment Lesson includes group research and oral presentation, as well as a roundtable discussion.

(inspired by Alice Kwong-Ballard and created by Kristin Lubenow-Lindsey)


  1. Students will compare the major philosophers and their effects on the democratic revolutions in England, the US, France and Latin America (CASS 10.2.1)
  2. Students will research a enlightenment philosophe and analyze what he/she would have thought about our world today.
  3. Students will present their research in a clear and concise way.
  4. Students will take on a role/position and be able to defend it.

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