Instructional Video

Political Theory - John Locke

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Your high schoolers may be tabula rasa about political theory until they learn about John Locke. Use a thought-provoking video to teach them about his philosophies on the natural rights of all humans, religious tolerance, and of course, the concept of tabula rasa.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Ask pupils to write a persuasive essay arguing for or against Locke's views
  • Flip your classroom by assigning learners to watch the video as homework before discussion during class time
Classroom Considerations
  • The fourth in a series of 13 exploring government
  • May need to censor some images 
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • The narration uses charismatic language and speaks in an interesting way, keeping the attention of even the most distracted students
  • Appeals to many learning styles
  • Connections made to philosophy, education, and psychology create the potential for an integrated lesson
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