Many of the revolutionary political ideas of the Enlightenment developed out of a basic disagreement on how people should be governed. This disagreement is best illustrated by the divergent views of British political thinkers John Locke and Thomas Hobbes.
In this activity, students will analyze the differences between the political views of John Locke and Thomas Hobbes as presented in their writings. Students should address the following questions in their storyboard:
Students can extend this activity by finding modern examples of governments that reflect either a Lockean approach or a Hobbesian approach to ruling. These examples could be displayed in an additional two cells at the bottom of this storyboard.
Grade Level 9-12
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or GroupCommon Core Standards
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Create a T Chart that compares the ideals of John Locke and Thomas Hobbes.
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