Friday, November 18, 2011

Enlightenment Effects

Hey everyone! Today we continued to debate some controversial topics from the Enlightenment. The philosophes that we discussed had a huge impact on the world. These ideas are going to alter politics in Asia and Europe. Also, the ideas are going to influence various revolutions such as the American, French, and Latin American Revolutions. Lastly, the Enlightenment is going to persuade some that all people in the world should have equal rights. Women's rights, abolition, and the abolition of serfdom are going to begin to be a focus in the 18th and 19th centuries.

For homework, you are to read the four primary source documents that I handed out: the Declaration of Independence, a diagram of our checks and balance system, the MA petition, and a letter from Mary Wollstonecraft. Please read the documents and write one paragraph for each document explaining how the Enlightenment influenced the views represented. There should be a total of four paragraphs when you are finished.

Please email me if you have any questions. Have a great weekend!

~Mr. Mazur

P.S.- Your next test is going to be on Wednesday, November 30. Please begin to study!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Hobbes and Locke

Hey everyone. Today we discussed basic information on the Enlightenment and two of the most important individuals within the movement: Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. For homework, you are to write a skit about what would happen if these two met. What would their conversation be like? How would they feel towards one another? You must include information on their beliefs and it must be creative! This is the type of conversation that I DO NOT want:

Hobbes: I believe in this.
Locke: Oh. I believe in this.
Hobbes: Interesting. I also believe this.

This is not creative and is not acceptable! You need to be creative! Where do they meet? What feelings do they have towards each other. What type of personality does each have?

If you have any questions, please email me. We will finish our debates and discussion on the Enlightenment tomorrow. Have a great day!

~Mr. Mazur

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Spain and Absolute Monarchies

Hey everyone! I hope everyone is having a great weekend! This is a reminder that you are to complete the worksheet based on he section on the top of the page. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. Have a great weekend!

~Mr. Mazur