The Enlightenment

The Enlightenment , or Age of Reason, was a period of history in Western Europe.  During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Enlightenment thinkers ushered in the modern age.

Newton, Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, and Voltaire were important thinkers of the time.  With the exception of Hobbes, the Enlightenment thinkers emphasized intellectual freedom. Locke, Montesquieu, and Voltaire believed that government should guarantee the basic rights of citizens.   Locke even believed that people had a right to overthrow government that did not preserve the right to life, liberty, and property.

Across the Atlantic in America, Jefferson, Madison, Franklin and others embraced these revolutionary ideas.  The American colonists’ Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution echo the ideas of Europe’s Enlightenment thinkers.       

Core Knowledge Curriculum SeriesTM

Students will be creating profiles for the Enlightnement's greatest thinkers.

3rd nine weeks Bonus opportunity- create a Catherine the Great philosopher page and/or your own Enlightenment philosopher page. Use Worldbook online for the Catherine the Great page. Link is located on our library website.  Also, a direct link to Catherine the Great on Worldbook is located in my links. All bonus work must be submitted electronically through Google Classroom.