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March 4

posted Mar 4, 2013, 6:13 AM by Peter Knowles
Day 25--

Today is the day for your OpenNote Test on our current unit. Open your homework and in-class assignments and get ready to go.

Once you've completed your test, turn your attention to your Written Assessment. You need to write a formal academic response that answers the question

How did European leaders during the Age of Absolutism follow their own interests while facing challenges to their authority, both from inside their countries and from outside?  

Civics Standard 1.3 -- 1.3 Understand the purposes and organization of international relationships.

Due on tomorrow, Tuesday, 3/5 at midnight.

Here's a way to get started:
You need to talk about absolutism, the rulers who believed in it, the things they tried to do, and the challenges they faced from people and things inside their country AND from outside their country. There are many ways to do this. Three suggestions appear below. 

Organization   by leaders (Philip II, Elizabeth Tudor, Oliver Cromwell, Louis XIV, etc.) by types of challenges (religious, military, economic, geographic, political, etc.) Use this chart for a way to think about the similarities as you begin your written assessment by source of challenges (external, internal, etc.)
 Introduction w/ thesis that answers question w/ thesis that answers question w/ thesis that answers question
 Parag 1 Choose 1 leader & discuss internal & external challenges, and how they met them Choose 1 type of challenge faced by rulers, and explain with examples Discuss absolutism and how some people believed in it while others challenged it   
 Parag 2 Repeat for different leader Repeat for different type of challenge Discuss challenges leaders felt from INSIDE their countries    
 Parag 3 Repeat for a third Repeat for third Discuss challenges leaders felt from OUTSIDE their countries
 Conclusion     Echo thesis and round out essay Echo thesis and round out essay     Echo thesis and round out essay
 Works Cited Correctly cite and list all sources used Correctly cite and list all sources used Correctly cite and list all sources used

Whichever approach you choose, be sure to answer the question fully, use specific evidence and examples to support your claims, cite all outside sources, and use at least 4 sources of information (no more than 1 Wikipedia or similar source) in your response. 

The links below will lead you to much more information about many of the leaders we've been talking about. Use these links, or others you find, to complete your understanding of the leaders. And, of course, cite them and add them to your list of works cited when you use them. 
Learn more about the Thirty Years War at these sites:
Learn more about the Palace of Versailles here: