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April 17

posted Apr 17, 2013, 5:55 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Apr 18, 2013, 5:25 AM ]
Day 50--

Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?How will I  accomplish this task?  How will I show that I have done this?How well will I have to do this?
 I will be able to identify how the 7 Years War developed and how it spread around the world. I will take notes from a slideshow presentation. I will have a completed assignment on Chapter 10.3 from the text. This is a formative assessment. My work will directly help me later as I complete my summative assessment for this assessment cycle.

Standard: History 4.2 -- Understand and analyzes causal factors that have shaped major events in history.

Key Question to Answer: How do people challenge, change, and build on the ideas of those who have come before them?

Content Focus--Ch 10: Revolution and Enlightenment, 1500-1800 (300-329)

Ch 10.1: The Scientific Revolution

 Ch 10.2: The Enlightenment
Ch 10.3: The Impact of the Enlightenment
Ch 10.4: The American Revolution
The work of scientists such as Copernicus, Harvey, Napier, and Newton, 
led to
the work of Enlightened philosophers such as Locke, Rousseau, Voltaire and Diderot, which led to changes in the way traditional rulers -- kings, queens, emperors, etc. -- thought about their use of power and how they could improve the lives of those around themwhich led to    the Seven Years War, the challenge of American Colonists' control by the British government, and the creation of the United States' government.

For the past few days, we've been looking at the people and ideas of the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment. As the table above shows, what started with challenges to old ideas of the natural world led to new ways to look at society, government, and culture. Those new ideas led a few European leaders to consider making changes to their use of power. 

But many of those leaders' changes were timid, limited, and not very successful in the long run. 

One of the challenges these leaders had to face was that they were rulers in a world of old traditions and competing powers. Changes they might have wanted to make to their government or society did not taking place in a vacuum. Neighboring rulers and nations might not be so "enlightened", and the power and control of the few enlightened rulers had to survive the many old world problems and ideas that surrounded them. 

A prime challenge that stood in the way of any enlightened efforts was war, and in the 18th Century, a war in the center of Europe spread outward to involve most of the major governments and overseas trading powers of the time. Today we'll look at the source, the course, and the consequences of the Seven Years War. As we do so, complete the chart in your most recent homework assignment that deals with the topic. 

Today we'll watch a Google Presentation called The Seven Years War. Take notes as we review the slides. If you can't keep up, or want to revisit later, the slideshow will be posted after class. 
If you want a link to the video referenced at the end, you can find it here

HOMEWORK: Complete the final assignment for this assessment cycle: 10.4: The American RevolutionREAD the assigned pages (330-333) and complete the chart before class tomorrow.

Coming up: mark your calendars. We'll be finishing this assessment cycle this week, with an open-note, multiple choice test on Friday (4/19), and your written assessment is due on Monday (4/22). More details and links that can help you are available here.