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Unit Overview: Did the Enlightenment fuel the American Revolution?

National Curriculum

For next step we recommend the unit: Who lived in 'British' America?.

Lessons:

6 lessons

Enlightenment Culture

In this lesson, we will find out about what it was like to live in a time with so many new and exciting ideas. Questions we will try to answer include: how were these ideas spread? Which groups of people were affected by the ideas? This lesson focuses on what was happening in eighteenth century Paris as it was the centre of Enlightenment thought at the time.

  • 2 Quizzes
  • 23m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Worksheet
  • Transcript

The 13 Colonies

In this lesson, we will start to learn how the Enlightenment ideas we learnt about in the previous lessons started to cause revolutions in distant parts of the world. This lesson will give us some background about the Americas.

  • 2 Quizzes
  • 20m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Worksheet
  • Transcript

The Revolutionary War

In this lesson, we will learn about how the 13 Colonies were able to defeat the British government and its powerful navy and professional army. We will find out about how a new country was created with a completely new type of government. By the end of the lesson we will be able to decide whether or not America experienced a revolution.

  • 2 Quizzes
  • 20m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Worksheet
  • Transcript

The Declaration of Independence

In this lesson, will look at one of the most famous documents in history: the American Declaration of Independence. It was created during the American Revolutionary War and then shaped the country that was created. We are going to read the document to help decide for ourselves whether the Enlightenment fueled the American Revolution.

  • 2 Quizzes
  • 24m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Worksheet
  • Transcript