Student Activities for The Enlightenment/Scientific Revolution
Essential Questions for The Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution
- What were the causes of the Scientific Revolution? How did the Scientific Revolution inspire the Enlightenment?
- How did society respond to the ideas of the Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution?
- What was the fundamental disagreement between John Locke and Thomas Hobbes?
- What were the social and political changes caused by the Enlightenment?
- How did the Scientific Revolution change people’s ideas about the material world, the universe, and human anatomy?
- What specific ideas did Voltaire, Rousseau, Beccaria, Wollstonecraft, Diderot, and Montesquieu develop during the Enlightenment?
A Brief Overview of The Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution
Science evolved dramatically during this time period, particularly during the mid 16th century in the Scientific Revolution. Old scientific ideas of the Greeks and Romans were replaced with new concepts based on an empirical approach. The reason and logic of the scientific revolution was adopted by a number of enlightenment thinkers or "Philosophes". These new, innovative ideas impacted politics, science, and social issues of this era.
With the activities in this lesson plan, students will analyze both the long and short-term ramifications of these “revolutionary” ideas. Students will be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of both the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment and understand the links between history and our world today.
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