Instructions for Ch. 17: The Enlightenment



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Instructions for Ch. 17: The Enlightenment


  1. Read textbook and complete assignments

To participate successfully in this lesson you must read all of Ch. 17 in your textbook. This will provide the foundation necessary for establishing historical context for our discussions.


In addition to reading the textbook, you are responsible for completing the following assignments:

  • Ch. 17 Key Terms

  • Ch. 17 Reflection Questions

  • Ch. 17 Biography

  • Ch. 17 Primary Source Readings – read and complete the provided prompt for each of the following readings in the chapter:

    • The Separation of Powers – p. 518

    • The Attack on Religious Intolerance – p. 520

    • Diderot Questions Christian Sexual Standards – p. 521

    • A Social Contract – p. 524

    • Women in the Age of the Enlightenment – p. 525-526

    • The Punishment of Crime – p. 533

    • The Conversion Experience in Wesley’s Methodism – p. 539

It is STRONGLY recommended that you have all of your chapter assignments and readings done by Friday, Nov. 16th. In fact, Ms. Tully will offer one point of extra credit towards your Ch. 16/17 quiz for each assignment you have done on Friday (up to four points!).




  1. Complete Four Reading Journals

On Thursday, Friday, and Tuesday in class you will have the opportunity to complete the reading summaries. Ms. Tully will provide several source books for you to use in the classroom, but DO NOT REMOVE THESE BOOKS FROM THE CLASSROOM. Seriously, don’t be that guy.


Complete each reading journal on a separate sheet of paper, then staple all the journals together when complete. Each summary must answer the following questions:

  1. Author’s name

  2. Occupation/nationality

  3. Title of document/year(?)

  4. What point is the author trying to make in this document? Explain their central argument or thesis.

  5. How does this document challenge existing European norms?

  6. Can you identify if the author’s point-of-view or bias is influencing their writing? If so, explain.

  7. Why is this author/document considered part of the “Enlightenment?”

These reading journals are due Friday Nov. 16th. They will support your participation in the salon.




  1. Madamoiselle de Tully’s Salon – Friday Nov. 16th

Friday Nov. 16th we will hold our very own salon during AP European History. Our salon will include discussions about popular Enlightenment topics, such as



  • The recent discoveries in science and their role in society

  • The relationship between science and religion – can they truly coexist?

  • What is the best form of government?

  • Religion and it’s role in society

  • Human nature, knowing, and development

  • Whatever else you can come up with!

Every student will be expected to participate in this discussion, and a participation grade of 10 points will be assessed by how much a student participates in the salon and how well they are able to incorporate the material from this chapter into the discussion.


Feel free to dress up (professional business attire suggested!), bring in food, and prepare discussion topics/arguments for this day. The goal of this discussion is to apply historical content to current ideas and events, to hear different points of views on controversial topics, and to open our minds to new ideas and perspectives, all in a critical, engaging, and supportive atmosphere.
The List for Biographies and Reading Journals
Nicolaus Copernicus

Galileo Galilei

Isaac Newton

Rene Descartes

Francis Bacon

Margaret Cavendish

Immanuel Kant

Bernard de Fontenelle

Pierre Bayle

Denis Diderot

John Locke

Thomas Hobbes

Montesquieu

Voltaire

Marquise du Chatelet

Jean Calas

David Hume

Adam Smith

Baron Paul d’Holbach

Marie-Jeaqn de Condorcet

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Mary Astell

Mary Wollstonecraft

Marie-Therese de Geoffrin

Thomas Paine

John Adams



Claude Hevetius

Marquis de Condorcet


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