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Activity Overview

The Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution were driven by people who dared to think outside of the box and challenge what they had been taught. In order to understand how these events developed and who played an influential role, students can create mini biographies of the main thinkers of the Enlightenment, or the Philosophes. Students will detail each thinker's background, beliefs/ideas, and the long-term impact..

The chart must include the following Enlightenment thinkers:

  • Voltaire
  • Baron de Montesquieu
  • Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
  • Bonesana Beccaria
  • Denis Diderot

Students may also want to research additional Enlightenment thinkers and contributors to the Scientific Revolution and compare and contrast the different ways of thinking that emerged during this time.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-12

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a character map with mini biographies for the main Philosophes of the Enlightenment.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Select a character to represent each Philosophe.
  3. In each of the textables, detail their background, beliefs/ideals, and long-term impact.
  4. Add any other scenes or items if appropriate.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

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