Age of Enlightenment:Research and Role Play Project on People from Enlightenment
Students meet and debate as Benjamin Franklin, John Locke, Rousseau and more in this inquiry-based project.

"We learn 80% of what we experience." - Glasser

In this role-playing project, students research a major figure of the Age of Enlightenment and then embody that person at a culminating soiree. This project puts students literally in the lives of historical figures. Students conduct high quality research, analyze a historical individual’s life, and present this information in an engaging manner. After detailed research, students literally take on the role of their historical figure at a historical soiree.

This detailed teacher’s guide includes:
● How to use this resource and complete timeline within the teacher’s guide
● Suggested figures of 30+ individuals with annotated bibliography for figures from the Age of Enlightenment
● Student handouts for all aspects of the project including: research template, historical context template, costume research guide, and guide for preparing for the soiree.
● Complete list of journal entry prompts for use throughout the project
● A complete materials list

Skills Developed in this project:
- Students will practice interpersonal communication
- Students will research a topic using multiple sources
- Students will analyze nonfiction text.
- Students will write short narratives as a historical character.
- Students will analyze how a historical figure’s setting and personal history shaped the person they became.
- Students will embody a historical figure.

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Created: Feb 19, 2017

Updated: Feb 22, 2018


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