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1 Great Brains of the Enlightenment
Gallery Walk Copyright © 2013 Chalk-Dust-Diva

2 Teacher Instructions Copy 1-per student WORKSHEET: Enlightenment Philosophers Copy 3 each: PLACARDS. Laminate PLACARDS if possible Post PLACARDS evenly-spaced apart around room. Begin Power Point Presentation and have the students follow directions. NOTE: You may prefer to have students get into groups of 4 and have them rotate the placards. Time = 45 minutes

3 Pair-Share What was the enlightenment?
What enlightenment philosophers contributed ideas to our form of government today and what were their ideas?

4 What was the Enlightenment?
An intellectual movement; thinkers used reason and the scientific method to help them understand their world especially in government They said that God did not give people the right to rule Instead, the right to rule came from the people.

5 Standards CA 12.1 Students explain the fundamental principles and moral values of American democracy as expressed in the U.S. Constitution and other essential documents of American democracy. 1. Analyze the influence of ancient Greek, Roman, English, and leading European political thinkers such as John Locke, Charles-Louis Montesquieu, Niccolò Machiavelli, and William Blackstone on the development of American government.

6 Objective Students will be able explain the contributions of Enlightenment philosophers to democracy by completing a gallery walk.

7 Film Clip: Enlightenment Philosophers


9 Gallery Walk STEP 1: Walk around the room and read the placards on the wall that describe the ideas of the important Enlightenment philosophers. STEP 2: Complete the corresponding WORKSHEET: Gallery Walk – The Enlightenment Philosophers. STEP 3: When you have finished, complete the wrap-up question on your worksheet.

10 Review Question Which idea do you think was the most important to the development of Democracy and why? Be ready to share your answers with the class.

11 Review Game “Guess the Philosopher”
Directions: Read the excerpt and guess which philosopher had the most influence over it’s ideas.

12 John Locke When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. The Declaration of Independence

13 Becarria No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation. The U.S. Constitution: Amendment V:

14 No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States…
Montesquieu No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States… The U.S. Constitution: Article I, section 9:

15 Rousseau We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Preamble: The U.S. Constitution

16 Blackstone The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause. . . Amendment IV: The U.S. Constitution

17 Becarria In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury . . .and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence. Amendment VI : The U.S. Constitution

18 John Locke We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government… The Declaration of Independence

19 Montesquieu Article. II ,Section. 1.The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. Article. I., Section 1 All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives. Article III., Section 1: The judicial Power shall be vested in one supreme Court. . . The U.S. Constitution

20 Becarria Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. Amendment VIII: The U.S. Constitution

21 Voltaire Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; Amendment I: The U.S. Constitution

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