Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Enlightenment and how it is still affecting our world. History English lesson

The Enlightenment was a period in time that was the explosion of new ideas and ways of living.  It started in 1650 and ended approximately 1800.  But the effects of this movement are still being felt in today's world.  

Read this article and prepare to speak about it with your English teacher   I suggest that you look up all the famous people mentioned in this article, if you want, you can read about them in your native language. Be able to speak about them in English. 

Key Terms 
a breaking point
a snowball effect
scorn and skepticism
solidifying concepts
the best intentions

What was the initial cause of the Enlightenment ?
Who were the main early proponents? 
Which discoveries caused people to think differently? 
Why was  Galileo Galilei  treated so badly by the church?
What was so important about Renee Decartes and Francis Bacon? 
What ideas did Hobbs make popular? Are they still popular today? 
How did John Locke's ideas affect governments even to the present day? 
Why did the Protestant King and Queen William and Mary become popular? 
What was the main difference between the Enlightenment in England and France? 
Even though Voltaire's writing was satire, what effect did he have on French Society? 
What did Denis Diderot do eventhough he was not in favor of Revolution? 
Jean Jacques Rousseau's philosophy was for small democracies, how did this affect the aftermath beginning of the French Revolution? 
Why did Emmanual Kant say that you can never be really sure of your senses? How did this end the Enlightenment? 
Why did the French Revolution end the Enlightenment? 
Which Enlightenment ideas are still important?  Which ones are not important? 

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English Teacher 

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