The Enlightenment

This The Enlightenment handout & reference also includes:

The third in a series of 16 resources that examine the philosophers and philosophic ideas that are the underpinnings of the US system of government, focuses on the Enlightenment and the ideas of natural rights, the social contract, the consent of the governed, and republicanism.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • For high schoolers, after reading the brief summaries of the philosophic ideas, assign groups one of the concepts to research in greater detail, especially how the concept influenced American government
Classroom Considerations

  • Although the explanations of the concepts are clear, they are vastly simplified, making them more appropriate for middle schoolers

  • The packet includes worksheets, puzzles, a timeline, and an answer sheet

  • The paragraph describing the influences on America is underdeveloped and vague