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Lesson Plan: Light the Way! Influences of the Enlightenment on the American Declaration of Independence - Grade Eight - Grade 08
Summary:Students will work in small groups to investigate the principles of self-government and natural rights found in the Declaration of Independence. Groups will present to the class information on the Enlightenment and three Enlightenment philosophers. The lesson will culminate in an assignment linking Enlightenment philosophers to the Declaration of Independence to show their influence on the founding fathers.
Ohio Standards Connection
Content Area:
Social Studies
Standard: Government
Benchmark: A. Explain why people institute governments, how they influence governments, and how governments interact with each other.
Indicator: 1. Analyze the principles of self-government and natural rights expressed in the Declaration of Independence and their relationship to Enlightenment ideas.

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