The purpose of this blog is to create an easy and fast form of communitcation for my classroom. On the blog you will find weekly updates in class assignments, events and changes. The blog will also provide links for extra work, assignments and/or information, I feel may be helpful.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

8th Grade Websearch

Name: ________________________ Date: _______________Homeroom: __________                   


The Enlightenment Philosopher Scramble


In any period in history there are certain people that you must know about.  The Enlightenment could never have happened with out the forward thinking of hundreds of thousands of people, but only a few standout.  John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Baron de Montesquieu are four of the most important thinkers to ever live! You are going to work in small groups to learn all about these important thinkers and find out why their thoughts are so important to us today.  Then, you will share what you have found with the other groups in class.


John Locke-

Country of Origin: ________________________

Summary of Major Ideas:




Thomas Hobbes-

Country of Origin: ________________________

Summary of Major Ideas:



Jean-Jacques Rousseau-

Country of Origin: ________________________

Summary of Major Ideas:




Baron de Montesquieu-

Country of Origin: ________________________

Summary of Major Ideas:





Venn Diagram Locke vs. Hobbes


         JOHN LOCKE                                          Similarities                       THOMAS HOBBES



Venn Diagram Rousseau vs. Montesquieu




Jean-Jacques Rousseau          

Effects of the Enlightenment Webquest (Worksheet)

Name:                                                             Date:

Class/Block:                                                   Effects of the Enlightenment Webquest




Step 1. Define the Enlightenment


How does www.dictionary.com define the Enlightenment? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Define the Enlightenment in your own words.



Step 2. Define politics, society and economics


Formal definition of politics: ________________________________________________


In your words: ___________________________________________________________



Formal definition of society: ________________________________________________


In your words: ___________________________________________________________



Formal definition of economics: _____________________________________________


In your words: ___________________________________________________________



Step 3. How did the Enlightenment affect politics, society and economics?  (6 sentence minimum.)



Step 1. Five Summative Sentences for “The Political and Economic Background”












Step 2. Part 1. Political Philosophe

            Philosophe 1: __________________________________________









            Philosophe 2: __________________________________________









Step 2. Part 2. Social Philosophe

            Philosophe 1: __________________________________________













Philosophe 2: __________________________________________









Step 2. Part 3. Economic Physiocrats

            Physiocrat 1: __________________________________________









            Physiocrat 2: __________________________________________












Once you have answered all of these questions, save this document as:


Enlightenment_affects_(your last name here)


Example: Elightenment_affects_Perez


Then email it to: aperez@hesglendale.org


Remember…email it by the next class meeting for full credit.  Five points will be deducted every day it’s not submitted electronically!

7th Grade Web Quest Directions

Enlightenment Webquest



As you have learned, the Enlightenment dramatically changed the way people lived, thought, were educated and perceived the world.  The three major areas of change were in the areas of politics, society and economics.  Through your study of Locke, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Wollstonecraft, Smith, Diderot and many others—you have discovered men and women’s varied thoughts on many matters.  In the following webquest, you will examine how Enlightenment thinkers affected politics, society and economics.



You will access many websites and answer a variety of questions during this block.  You will have to maneuver quickly and efficiently through the websites if you wish to finish on time.  You will record all of your answers in a word document and electronically submit your answers to aperez@hesglendale.org   Your work must be emailed by the next class meeting to receive full credit.  This is a 60 point assignment.  Five points will be taken off your total score each day it is not in my inbox.





Step 1. Define the Enlightenment (use definition #4).  Then, define the Enlightenment in your own words (or using words Ms. Perez or your classmates have been using for the last week).


Step 2. Define the terms: politics, society and economics. Then as in Step 1, define them in your own words to show understanding.


Step 3. Pre-test (of sorts): Given what you know about the Enlightenment and the definitions you found for politics, society and economics, record an answer of between 8 and 10 sentences attempting to answer the question: “How did Enlightenment thinkers affect politics, society and economics.”  Eight to 10 sentences will not be nearly enough to answer the question in detail, but this is your baseline for what you know (or think you know) at this point.  Comparing this answer to your final answer will show how much you’ve learned by the end of class.



Step 1. Politics and economics

Access this link. http://public.wsu.edu/~brians/hum_303/enlightenment.  Skim all sections if you like, but read the section titled, ‘The Political and Economic Background.”   Once you have read that passage, write one sentence summarizing what each paragraph stated.  This will call for a total of five (5) sentences.

And even though the passage does not specifically call out “society”, you learn quite a bit about society in the reading.



Step 2. Recall

Part 1: Recall two (2) Enlightenment thinkers that affected politics during the enlightenment.  If you get stuck, access any of the helpful resource links below.


Clearly state WHAT they thought and HOW it affected politics during or after the enlightenment (remember the Enlightenment in many ways caused the American and French Revolutions…this will help you)


Part 2: Recall two (2) Enlightenment thinkers that affected society during the enlightenment.  If you get stuck, access any of the helpful resource links below.


Clearly state WHAT the philosophe thought and HOW it affected society during or after the enlightenment (remember your definitions of society from the previous phase.  Society can deal with the relationship between citizens (men/women/girls/boys), have to do with religion, and other day to day operations of a community)


Part 3: Recall two (2) Enlightenment thinkers that affected the economy during the enlightenment.  If you get stuck, access any of the helpful resource links below.


Clearly state WHAT the physiocrat thought and HOW it affected economics during or after the enlightenment (remember what you have learned about taxation, economic control before and after the Enlightenment



Step 1. Answer the question

Considering all that you previously knew combined with what you have just learned answer the question: “Explain how the Enlightenment affected political, social and economic thought.”  You will answer this question in formal essay format. 

·         Introduction (with strong and clear thesis)

·         Three body paragraphs (it would make sense to write one for politics, one for society and one for economics)

·         Conclusion (proving your thesis and bring closure to the paper)


Your essay will be typed in 12 font Times New Roman, double spaced and will be between 1 and 2 pages.


This part of the webquest is due tomorrow at the beginning of class.  You may print it and hand it in, or you can email it to me.



Here are a list of ADDITIONAL websites that will be of use if you have any questions about any given topics or themes in this assignment.  Only access them if you get stuck, or feel as though you need a refresher on any of the information contained in this webquest.  Beware…don’t spend too much time here; you need to stay on task and finish the webquest!



Look here for quick hits on many of the Enlightenment thinkers we have already learned about.  Notice there are two pages of names and information.



Look here for in-depth information on Locke, Rousseau, Voltaire and Diderot.  Look at the left margin!





Look here for in-depth, college level outline notes from the University of Regina.






By the end of this webquest, students should be able to clearly explain numerous ways the Enlightenment affected politics, society and economics. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Random Act of Kindness (1/28/13)

"Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you."
------Princess Diana

After reading an article about a young man who made a difference in his school, Rebecca was inspired to do the same for her school. She quietly placed a simple but yet powerful compliment on every Junior High student's locker, "You're Beautiful." Two simple words, one simple act but all leading to a world of difference. We applaud Rebecca's efforts and hope others will take note of her random act of kindness.

Homework (7th and 8th) DUE WED 1/30

Both 7th and 8th grade will have to complete a crossword puzzle using terms from our section on the Enlightenment. Students will be able to use their notes as well as textbooks.

 **** Due to students not returning textbooks from home, textbooks are not be allowed to be taken home. Students may come in before or after school and during lunch to use textbooks for the remainder of the year. If you student has a textbook at home, please return it ASAP***

Friday, January 25, 2013

The American Revolution Questions (Homework Due Monday 1/28/13)

7th and 8th Grade Homework

1. What was the American Revolution?
2. How did the relationship between Britain and the colonies fall apart?
3. How did the French and Indian War draw the colonists closer together but increase friction with Britain?
4. How did British tax policies move the colonists closer to rebellion?
5. How did the American Revolution begin?

**** All papers must have questions written and numbered. All answers must be in COMPLETE sentences.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

7th Grade Vocabulary/Definitions (DUE MONDAY 1/28/13)

Chapter 5 Vocabulary (The Enlightenment and American Revolution)

Section 1: Philosophy in the Age of Reason (pg144-148)

1.    natural law-

2.    social contract-

3.    natural right-

4.    philosophe-

5.    physiocrat-

6.    laissez faire-

Section 2: Enlightenment Ideas Spread (pg 149-153)

7.    censorship-

8.    salon-

9.    enlightened despot-

10.                       baroque-

11.                       rococo-

Section 3: Britain at Mid-Century (pg 154- 157)

12.                      constitutional government-

13.                      cabinet-

14.                      Prime minister-

15.                      oligarchy-

Section 4: Birth of the American Republic (pg 158-161)

16.                      popular sovereignty-

17.                      loyalist-

18.                      federal republic-

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Famous Quote of the Week 1/22/13 (Extra Credit)

"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."

                                                    ------ Who said this?

Announcements for the Week 1/22 to 1/25

7th and 8th Grades will have a Chapter Assessment on Wednesday 1/23/13.
*** Students may use all notes during the test but NO BOOKS or PRINT OFFs.

8th: Final Draft of group argument is DUE Thursday for in-class debate. Each group only needs one copy of final draft.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Famous Quote of the Week 1/15/13 (Extra Credit)

"Knowledge is power."

                                      -------- Who said this???

Homework 1/16/13

7th Grade- No Homework
8th Grade- Triangular Trade Worksheet and Map Activity Due 1/17/13

School-wide Announcements

NO SCHOOL- Monday, January 21st.
Second Quarter Awards Assembly:
The second quarter awards assembly will be on Wednesday, January 23rd. The times are as follows:
1st/2nd grade: 8:30am - 9:15am
3rd/4th grade: 9:30am - 10:00am
5th/6th grade: 10:15am - 10:45am
7th/8th grade: 11:00am - 11:30am
School Wide Dinner Theater
6pm - 8pm in South Gym