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Introduction to the Enlightenment
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Introduction to the Enlightenment

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Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Lesson Plan
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Common Core State Standards
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This lesson plan introduces students to the philosophies of John Locke and Thomas Hobbes. It is designed as an introduction to The American Enlightenment, and works well as a pre-cursor to talking about the Declaration of Independence. At the end, there is an interesting activity that asks students to decide: Are humans inherently good or inherently evil? Aligned to Common Core State Standard: RI.11-12.9

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Day_1_-_Locke_vs_Hobbes.doc

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February 10, 2020
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Analyze seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century foundational U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (including The Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address) for their themes, purposes, and rhetorical features.

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